The Prevention and Treatment of Premenstrual Syndrome

"Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a recurrent, variable cluster of troublesome physical and emotional symptoms that develop during the 7-14 days before the onset of menses and subside when menstruation occurs. Symptoms can be classified as: 1. Behavioral (nervousness, anxiety, irritability, mood swings, fatigue, lethargy, depression) 2. Gastrointestinal (abdominal bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation, appetite changes with cravings for such things as sugar, salt or chocolate) 3. Reproductive Tissue (breast tenderness and swelling, uterine cramping, altered libido) 4. Other (headache, backache, acne, ankle and finger swelling) One of the underlying factors linked to PMS is an elevated estrogen to progesterone ratio five to ten days prior to menses. A number of dietary, lifestyle and supplementation practices have been shown to improve the estrogen to progesterone ratio and provide relief to women who suffer from PMS. "

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