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Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)—Overview & Treatment

A woman's menstrual period is an important process in her healthy body; however, the days before the period begins can sometimes be a painful and emotionally draining time. This time preceding menstruation can bring on symptoms classified as premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and the pain and discomfort can sometimes disrupt daily life. Premenstrual syndrome can cause physical pain, affect overall mood, and create a feeling of being 'out of balance' that can continue for several days. Premenstrual syndrome can begin in the teen years or as late as a woman's early 20s, or on occasion—as late as her 30s. Symptoms may worsen as a woman ages toward perimenopause.

Premenstrual Syndrome: Why?

Hormones are active during a woman's menstrual cycle and hormonal changes may bring about premenstrual syndrome. Some women may have only mild symptoms that hardly affect their day while others may have debilitating symptoms that can make even the simplest tasks seem arduous.

There are multiple factors that could increase a woman's risk of having premenstrual syndrome symptoms. Some of these are listed below.

  • Vitamin B6 Deficiency
  • Calcium Deficiency
  • Magnesium Deficiency
  • Excessive Caffeine Intake
  • Lack of Exercise
  • Elevated Stress Level

Common Signs / Physical Manifestations of Premenstrual Syndrome

  • Bloating
  • Cramps
  • Tender Breasts
  • Swollen Breasts
  • No Energy
  • Headaches
  • Lower Back Pain

Treatments for Premenstrual Syndrome

If you are suffering from premenstrual syndrome there are a variety of supplements that may offer some relief, though there is no substantiating evidence that any one supplement will be helpful to a particular woman as each woman has a unique body chemistry. Supplements rich in calcium and magnesium may offer some relief from the many nagging and painful symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

Compounded Supplements

Compounding pharmacists can work directly with your doctor to tailor supplements to your specific needs. They consider your age and health status, medical history and current medical conditions, as well as allergies. Many people find that compounded supplements and medications are easier on the body than mass produced meds. Additionally, compounding allows the pharmacist to create supplements without the use of harsh dyes, unnecessary sugars, and fillers. Talk to your doctor about compounded supplements for the treatment of your premenstrual syndrome symptoms.

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