Premenstrual syndrome, not a whim but a debilitating disorder

Became an expression to emphasize or make fun of a cantankerous attitude and a sudden change of mood, menstrual syndrome 70-80% of women is configured as a so intense disorder affect their well-being and social relationships, as well as work and family.

We can define PMS as a set of physical and psychological hardships that women of childbearing age live each month during the week before the onset of the menstrual cycle.

Abdominal painCauses and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome

It is difficult to define with certainty what the cause, it is certain that it attaches great responsibility of PMS to rising blood estrogen levels which increase capillary permeability, and reduced levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter whose deficiency would explain the appearance symptoms related to emotional, like irritability, mood changes and depression.

Among the most common manifestations of the syndrome are breast tenderness, bloating, leg cramps, fatigue, mood swings and headaches. Specifically, they experience frequent tension headaches and migraines.

The gynecologist Rossella Nappi of San Matteo in Pavia explains that:

“The menstrual migraine concerns 7-9% of women, in 9 cases out of 10 is associated with severe premenstrual syndrome. Changing this also solves the headache, which results from an imbalance in the threshold of pain regulated by endogenous opioids, which are also the protagonists of the concert of neurotransmitters that alter with hormonal fluctuations. The woman, designed to breed, today has many roles incurred due to the hormones that in most of the month make it efficient and multitasking. In those critical here is the malaise: the signal that it’s time to take a breath, then return more energetic than before.”

What are the solutions to PMS?

It is difficult, or perhaps impossible, to outline common premenstrual symptoms in all women : every woman knows her own body, and perfectly captures the characteristic hormonal changes the arrival of menstruation. Similarly, each woman learns to recognize the most appropriate remedy to itself to coexist best with premenstrual syndrome.

In principle, it is very useful to practice yoga and other activities that help you relax and stretch muscles and nervousness; Vitamin B6 boosts serotonin mechanism, magnesium and calcium counteract premenstrual disorders; Another useful tip is to avoid salty foods to avoid water retention, and make small, frequent meals to ward off the unpleasant constant feeling full.

The most effective support can only come from your doctor that, in some cases, for example, could encourage the contraceptive pill for premenstrual syndrome.


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