PMS : the lowdown

PMS : the lowdown

What is PMS?

Premenstrual Syndrome (more commonly known as PMS) reportedly affects over 90% of people who menstruate. It can be understood as a mix of emotional and physical symptoms, which occur after ovulation and before the start of menstruation. It is believed that PMS is caused by a significant drop in progesterone and estrogen when your body realises it’s not pregnant. Symptoms should pass after hormone levels rise again and balance out, once the period starts.

The most common physical symptoms of PMS are constipation or diarrhoea, cramping, headaches, tender breasts and bloating. While the most common emotional symptoms are struggling with sleep, mood swings, anxiety, food cravings and a drop in libido. None of which are great, we think that people who menstruate should get a medal (or a massive bar of galaxy chocolate) every month.

So, what can we do to help with PMS?

There are a few methods which can help relieve the symptoms of PMS,

  • Eating a healthy balanced diet and avoiding caffeine.
  • Taking regular exercise throughout the month.
  • Managing stress (yoga and mediation are a great way to start on this).
  • Top up on calcium and vitium B6.
  • Ibuprofen and Paracetamol for pain relief.
  • Getting a regular 8 hours sleep.

Everyone’s body is different it may be a case of experimenting and finding what works for you.

What does this mean for you?

It’s not all doom and gloom, for most people PMS tends to fluctuate, so while one month may be awful, others may be hardly impacted. When PMS hits bad – don’t be afraid to book out some ‘me time’ in your schedule and remember that what your feeling is completely valid and isn’t trival. Look after yourself and try some of the above methods. Binging ‘Ru Paul’s Drag Race’ in bed is also fully endorsed by us as a PMS prescription. However, if you find that PMS is having serious effects on your daily life then please check in with your doctor for advice. No one should be disadvantaged because of their period.

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Stamp out your cramp

Stamp out your cramp

Our Top 5 Natural Tips to Stamp out your Cramp

 

Bubbles for your Bloating.

A warm bath may be the perfect way to soothe painful bloating and relax your cramping stomach muscles. Start by adding your favourite bubble bath or oils. Grab your favourite book (and/or glass of wine) and soak the tension away. We recommend wearing a tampon for this if you are having a heavy cycle. If you don’t fancy a bath then a nice hot shower can still help to reduce pelvic cramping and bloating.

Move and Groove.

Exercising can be a great way to reduce your painful menstrual symptoms.. Not only will it make you feel better, by realising powerful feel-good endorphins, it can really relive cramping. While we know exercising might not appeal you to right now, and a bar of galaxy in front of the television probably sounds way better, trust us. Try a walk around the block, a light jog or some yoga, for a lighter form of exercise. If all else fails then pop on your favourite songs and have a solo dance party, you are a dancing queen after all

Heat to Treat.

Applying a hot water bottle, heat wrap or warm towel to your stomach could make a huge difference when experiencing awful cramping. Continuous heat encourages your muscles to relax and return to a normal state, although be careful not to burn yourself

The T is Tea can Help.

Sipping on Ginger or Chamomile tea can also help to reduce cramp, bloating and nauseousness. Both are packed full of anti-inflammatory and pain relieving qualities. Moreover, these teas are known to enhance menstrual flow which could potentially ease your period symptoms and reduce your period overall

H20 is your Hero.

Drinking at least 6 glasses of water is a good habit to get into anyway but is especially helpful during your period. Water can help ease your bloating and nausea, both of which can worsen symptoms. To spice things up and encourage you to stay hydrated why not try fruit-infused water or add some leaves of mint. The best thing of all is that once you’re in the habit of drinking plenty water then you will do it without thinking!

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