7 Ways to beat PMS

You’ll no longer dread the impending arrival of your “monthly friend”, thanks to these simple solutions.

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Back when she was still in university, Grace Chew, 28, will miss a day of class every other month whenever her menstrual period arrived. “The pain from my period cramps was so unbearable that sometimes even taking Panadol didn’t help. And I will get so tired,” recalls Chew. She goes on to say that there were even several occasions when her classmates would enquire worriedly about her pale complexion.  

Menstruation — also known as dysmenorrhea — occurs every 21 to 35 days in a woman. There will be blood discharge which lasts about two to seven days, depending on the individual and it’s often preceded by symptoms of physical or emotional discomfort.

Known as premenstrual syndrome (or PMS), some common symptoms include, breast tenderness, stomach cramps, water retention, bloating, lethargy, insomnia, acne outbreaks and irritability.

SmartParents expert and consultant Ob-Gyn, Dr Christopher Chong, notes that up to 40 per cent of menstruating women feel some form of PMS. Some might experience symptoms too mild to take note of. Adds Dr Chong, “Often similar each month, [these symptoms] resolve spontaneously with the start of menses.”

If the severity of your PMS symptoms is affecting your normal daily activities, you may be the three to eight per cent of women who experience premenstrual dysmorphic disorder.

If the severity of your PMS symptoms is affecting your normal daily activities, you may be the three to eight per cent of women who experience premenstrual dysphoric disorder. This condition is debilitating and can result in severe depression, so it’s best to seek medical help.

Is there any way to avoid PMS? Read on to find out…