Self-help: Preventing Premenstrual Syndrome

The following self-help measures may help either to prevent or to relieve premenstrual syndrome. If these measures do not help and you have persistent symptoms, visit your doctor for advice.

  • Relax as much as possible and try to avoid stress before and around the time you typically experience PMS.

  • Try taking up a light, relaxing exercise, such as yoga.

  • Take warm baths.

  • Eat little and often, making sure your diet includes plenty of carbohydrates and fibre.

  • Try to reduce your salt intake.

  • Avoid eating excessive amounts of chocolate.

  • Avoid drinks containing large amounts of caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and cola.

  • A vitamin B6 supplement may be helpful, although high doses can be harmful.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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