Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Premenstrual syndrome is a combination of symptoms that women get within a week or two of beginning their menstrual period. An overwhelming majority of women (over 90%) say that they experience premenstrual symptoms such as bloating, moodiness, and headaches.
PMS treatment can be as simple as getting regular exercise and getting enough sleep; sometimes, though, PMS treatment is more complicated and requires a doctor’s attention. Standard over-the-counter medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen can do the trick for some physical symptoms, but other options such as starting a hormonal birth control can be effective for women with severe symptoms.
Some studies have also shown certain vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, vitamin B6, and Omega-3 acids to be effective in PMS treatment. However, vitamins and minerals are not regulated as closely by the FDA as prescription medicines; be sure to speak with your WHC physician before beginning any vitamin or mineral supplements for PMS treatment.