A woman can do several things that may improve the symptoms of PMS. At Moscow Pullman OB/GYN, we have found that different remedies help different women and it may be that several have to be tried before finding something effective. Our health care specialists often consult with patients on the following self-help therapies:
- Regular exercise, such as aerobics or jogging, can help with the symptoms, but it should be done regularly (not just when the symptoms are present).
- Avoiding stress at home and work in the time before a period is due.
- Pinpointing and avoiding any emotional triggers or stress that make the symptoms worse; discussing these with your partner or a friend and asking for their support.
- Taking vitamin B (particularly B6) is often helpful, although high doses can cause damage to the nervous system.
- Daily magnesium or calcium supplements.
- Taking evening primrose oil often helps relieve breast discomfort; however, long-term treatment (more than 3 months) may be required before any effect is noticed.
Although we've seen no clear evidence that a special diet helps with PMS, nutritionists believe that eating a balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables and which contains plenty of complex carbohydrates (whole-wheat bread, rice, pasta, potatoes) certainly promotes general good health.