What is Premenstrual Syndrome:
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a condition that affects a woman’s emotions, physical health, and behavior during certain days of the menstrual cycle, generally just before her menses. PMS is a very common condition. PMS symptoms start five to 11 days before menstruation and typically go away once menstruation begins.
Many treatments have been tried in PMS. Reducing salt, caffeine, and stress along with increasing exercise is typically all that is recommended in those with mild symptoms. Calcium and vitamin D supplementation may be useful in some. Anti inflammatories such as naproxen may help with physical symptoms. In those with more significant symptoms birth control pills may be useful. Diuretics have been used to handle water retention. Spironolactone has been shown in some studies to be useful.