PMS Supplements: 7 Options for Mood Swings and Other Symptoms

PMS Supplements: 7 Options for Mood Swings and Other Symptoms

The PMS mood swings are one of the most common symptoms experienced by women during their reproductive years. They are known as premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

There are many different types of PMS symptoms, but they all have in common that they occur between the days of ovulation and menstruation.

A woman’s mood may change dramatically from day to day. For example, she might feel sad and down at times, angry and irritable other times.

She might even experience depression. These changes are caused by hormonal fluctuations in her body which are triggered by the physical changes associated with pregnancy.

It is not uncommon for women to suffer from PMS symptoms for months before they actually become pregnant, so it is possible that these symptoms will disappear altogether after the baby arrives. However, some women continue to experience them well into their 30s and 40s.

Some of the symptoms include:

Depression – Some women experience feelings of sadness, hopelessness and low self-esteem. Others report feeling depressed when they are excited or happy.

Some feel empty without children. Depression can be difficult to treat because there is no cure for it yet. Many experts believe that the cause lies in brain chemistry rather than genetics or environment. If your wife has been diagnosed with depression in the past, she should talk to her doctor about it. Treatment for depression can include prescription medication, therapy and lifestyle changes.

Apathy and loss of interest in activities – Some women report a complete lack of motivation. They don’t want to get out of bed or do anything fun anymore.

They feel as if they have no reason to live. This can sometimes lead to clinical depression.

Anger and Irritability – Some women experience these symptoms so severely that it disrupts their family and social life. They become short tempered and may find themselves arguing with people they love.

In some cases, they may even become violent. They may feel restless or agitated for no apparent reason at all.

Trouble Concentrating – This is another symptom that may make a woman irritable. It can be frustrating to have something on your mind that you just can’t remember.

Some women experience trouble concentrating all the time, while others only find it a problem during their period.

Food Cravings and a Change in Appetite – Some women report increased appetite and cravings for sweet or salty foods. Others gain weight or find themselves losing weight without trying.

Still others find that food has no appeal to them at all.

Physical Aches and Pains – Some women develop headaches, back pains, cramps, and muscle spasms. These symptoms tend to be more severe around the period, but can occur at other times as well.

Severe pain is never something to be ignored. Women who experience it should contact a doctor immediately.

Mood Swings – Most women experience mood swings to some degree, especially around the time before their period. For some women, however, these mood swings are more pronounced.

They may experience uncontrollable crying jags or angry outbursts for no apparent reason. Fortunately, PMS tends to subside once a woman reaches her 40s.

Tiredness and Sleepiness – Many women find themselves feeling tired or lethargic throughout the month. Others only feel it strongly around the time of their period.

Still others wake up feeling tired.

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