Women complain about premenstrual syndrome, but I think of it as the only time of the month that I can be myself - Roseanne Barr
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It is said that women's periods are a lot like airline meals. We hate them, we complain about them, we dread them -- but just let the flight attendant try to skip you! Not all women have bad things to say about PMS but only the good thing anyone has to say about it is that it ends -- like surgery or senior year of high school.
Scientists study the human brain on OxyContin and Ecstasy but not on PMS which afflicts half of the world. Why can't science explain and fix:
PMS eating: "Treating" the feeling of being fat and bloated by...eating an eight ounce bag of baked potato chips? And doing it again, the next day?
PMS circadian derangement: A brain that's so sleepy, you…
Even though men know nothing about PMS (except to duck), male health professionals are a wellspring of saccharine advice. Avoid salt, sugar, carbohydrates, alcohol and coffee they trill and "nibble on carrots and other low calorie snacks," pretending that low calorie snack isn't an oxymoron.
While not every woman gets premenstrual syndrome -- the cramping, bloating and general crabbiness that can strike around period time -- about 85 percent of women report having at least one symptom each month. And even though there's no real "cure" for PMS, many treatments and lifestyle changes are available to help you cut down on the discomfort.
If you suffer from PMS or PMDD, don't head for the pharmacy just yet. Check out these natural ways to treat your symptoms. You may find that one or more of them provide relief and keep you from the medicine cabinet.
NAPS is the only advocacy group in the world promoting the interests of PMS sufferers.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) has a wide variety of symptoms, including mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability and depression. It's estimated that as many as 3 of every 4 menstruating women have experienced some form of premenstrual syndrome.
The most common mood-related symptoms are irritability, depression, crying, oversensitivity, and mood swings. The most common physical symptoms are fatigue, bloating, breast tenderness (mastalgia), acne, and appetite changes with food cravings.
Up to 3 out of every 4 women experience PMS symptoms during their childbearing years. PMS occurs more often in women: •Between their late 20s and late 40s •Who have had at least one child •With a personal or family history of major depression •With a history of postpartum depression or an affective mood disorder. The symptoms often get worse in a woman's late 30s and 40s as she approaches the transition to menopause.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the name given to the physical, psychological and behavioural symptoms that can occur in the two weeks before a woman's monthly period. It is also known as premenstrual tension (PMT).
This is a condition which manifests with "distressing physical, behavioural and psychological symptoms, in the absence of organic or underlying psychiatric disease, which regularly recurs during the luteal phase of each menstrual (ovarian) cycle and which disappears or significantly regresses by the end of menstruation". The key characteristic is the timing of the symptoms...
Robert Frank was the first to publish scientific studiesabout a condition he called “premenstrual tension” in 1931 (Figert, 2005). Frank recognized excess estrogen as the cause of this “medical” condition, which he described as hormonal in origin.
The causes of PMS are not clear, but several factors may be involved. Changes in hormones during the menstrual cycle seem to be an important cause. These changing hormone levels may affect some women more than others. Chemical changes in the brain may also be involved. Stress and emotional problems, such as depression, do not seem to cause PMS, but they may make it worse.
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