Diagnosis and Treatment
During the menstrual period, women may experience cramping as the uterus contracts somewhat to rid itself of the unused lining, and in the few days before the period, hormone changes in the body may contribute to water weight gain, bloating, and changes in mood. These symptoms are usually mild enough to be controlled with over the counter remedies, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve), as well as combination medicines specially designed for PMS and menstrual symptoms, such as Midol, which contains both painkillers and an ingredient that helps reduce bloating.
Some quick tips:Premenstrual pain is a common aspect of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which often occurs in the week or two prior to a woman’s period.
Other symptoms may include fatigue, irritability, depression, menstrual cramps, and acne.
Exercise. Physical activity can ease symptoms and promote a sense of wellbeing.
Get extra rest if you feel tired. Try to eat healthy foods like whole grains, vegetables, and fruit.
Take an over the counter pain reliever like ibuprofen or acetaminophen every four to six hours.
See your doctor if symptoms become overwhelming – he or she may be able to prescribe you a stronger medicine.
Last updated: 28-Aug-07