Frequently asked questions about PMS
When it comes to periods, there are a lot of misconceptions out there, including claims that premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a normal part of menstruation. But worry not – we will help you decipher between the myths and facts of PMS! Equipped with knowledge, you will be one step closer to reaching menstrual health that will last for years to come. So, let’s dive right in and explore the most frequently asked questions about PMS here.
1. What are the Symptoms of PMS?
PMS causes a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms, including menstrual cramps, digestive problems, breast tenderness, mood swings, irritability, and joint pain. Some women also experience social withdrawal, appetite changes, and trouble sleeping, among others. Symptoms can begin a week or two before a period and can continue for the first day or two once menstruation has started.
2. Do All Women Suffer from Painful Symptoms with their Periods?
No, not all women suffer from PMS before and during periods, though its prevalence is high, at about 75%. It’s vital to understand that while mild discomforts right before and during the first day or two of a period are normal, intense symptoms signal a menstrual disorder, like PMS. Up to 8% of women suffer from severe PMS, or premenstrual dysphoric disorders (PMMD), with extreme emotional symptoms, like depression or anger.
3. Does My Lifestyle Affect My Period?
Yes, your daily choices regarding nutrition, physical activity, stress levels, or addictions play an essential role in your hormonal health and, thus, menstruation.
In fact, numerous studies have found that smokers are more prone to developing PMS and PMDD; women who are physically active report less PMS symptoms that those who lead a sedentary lifestyle, and experiencing high levels of stress in one’s life can worsen PMS.
4. How I Can Get Rid of PMS Symptoms?
Luckily, there are numerous easy and wholesome ways to improve your menstrual health, achieve hormonal balance, and relieve PMS symptoms. Consider the following approaches:
- Eating a healthy diet. You likely already know that a nutritious diet consists of whole grains, fruits, veggies, healthy fats, and lean protein. If you throw in foods containing phytoestrogens, like soy, flax, or yams, that can help balance hormones and naturally relieve PMS symptoms, you are in business!
- Keeping your workouts regular. If having a strong heart and beach body was not enough of a boost to get off the couch, hopefully enjoying pain-free periods will be. For lasting results, find workouts you enjoy, like riding a bike to work, taking your dog for long walks, or signing up for a swimming class.
- Putting stress-relief as a priority. Although being stressed has become a seemingly inevitable part of our lives, implementing various techniques to reduce it should be a non-negotiable daily routine. Try meditation, biofeedback, or yoga to catch a breath and find what best works for you.
- Improving your menstrual health with Macafem. Thanks to its alkaloids, Macafem tackles the root cause of PMS symptoms, hormonal imbalance. By acting directly on the endocrine glands, it helps balance hormones, reduce symptoms, regulate cycles, and make them healthy.
5.Can Macafem Also Relieve PCOS Symptoms?
Yes, Macafem can also help reduce PCOS symptoms. Both PMS and PCOS are rooted in hormonal imbalance. So, by regulating estrogen and progesterone levels, Macafem promotes a healthy balance of testosterone as well, which helps make menstrual cycles more regular and greatly relieves common PCOS symptoms, including acne, excess hair, and weight gain, among others.
As you can see, women’s periods and PMS seems to be an ambiguous topic – even among women. But it does not have to be so! Maintaining excellent menstrual health and enjoying hassle-free periods throughout your reproductive years is easy with the right lifestyle practices and a bottle of Macafem!
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