Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Signs and Symptoms
Symptoms of PMS can vary from mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability, cramping, bloating, and depression. Although the pattern of symptoms is fairly predictable, the severity with which they are experienced can vary from mild to intense.
Causes of PMS
cyclic changes in hormones
chemical changes in the brain
The Medical Approach
The medical approach to PMS consists of several highly drug-oriented options:
SSRI: Antidepressant medication has been successful in helping with mood swings, but unfortunately can cause painful constipation.
NSAIDs: Ibuprofen or naproxen can help to relieve discomfort with breast-tenderness and cramping.
Diuretics: Diuretics aid with water retention and bloating, but can also cause constipation.
Birth Control Pills: These medications stop ovulation which also sometimes brings relief from PMS symptoms.
The Non-Medical Approach
The non-medical approach to treating PMS takes a much more lifestyle-oriented approach. Here are some ways to reduce PMS symptoms:
- eat smaller, frequent meals to minimize bloating
- limit salty foods to minimize fluid retention
- avoid caffeine and alcohol
- incorporate exercise into regular routine
- get plenty of sleep
Besides lifestyle changes, there are alternative medicine options that include calcium, magnesium, and vitamin E supplementation, herbal remedies such as ginkgo, ginger, and primrose oil, and acupuncture.
The Chiropractic Approach
The chiropractic adjustment has been demonstrated in numerous studies to offer tremendous relief to women dealing with intense PMS symptoms. When the nerves from the lower back and sacrum have pressure placed upon them from vertebral subluxation, the reproductive organs will not properly be able to handle a perfectly normal monthly event. By reducing subluxation, proper nerve supply to the uterus, ovaries, and the abdominal muscles in restored, allowing for a less miserable experience.