Post # 1
I am going to get my period right around my destination beach wedding. The period part sucks…but my future hubby is awesomeand understands…and we can have sex for the the rest of our life….it is more the days leading into the wedding…as I get older (I am 35) I seems to get more PMS symtoms…weight gain, anxious, grumpy, short fuse, huge pimple on my chin…same spot every month. I just really don’t want that leaving into my wedding.
I can’t take birth control because I have had blood clots before.
Any advice would be HUGE!
I will try and drink more water, eat healthy etc (I am super fit, and already eat pretty healthy but could be better).
(fyi I am a semi pro mountain biker, so I exercise 14-20 hours a week)
Post # 3
Exercise. My PMS is practically non existant when I’m exercising regularly. Lots of water, and skip the chocolate/junk food.
Post # 4
@12october12: 30 minutes of cardio at least 6 days per week decreases my PMS symptoms dramatically. Vitamin E helps with the breast tenderness and fish oil helps my mood. My doctor recommended the Vitamin E and fish oil.
Post # 5
I suggest 5HTP it’s an herbal supplement with feely good things like St.Johnswart and goldenseal and stuff. It helps with my seasonal depression.
I very much suggest talking to your Doctor before you try anything though, especially considering your bloodclotting issue.
Post # 6
My old doctor recommended evening of primrose oil. I find taking B12 also helps, but I was actually deficient. There are also ‘stress’ formulations of B vitamins, some people swear by them, but I find there’s no difference between those and my B12 (but that’s only been since I’ve been on BCP). Other than the cost, it can’t hurt to try them.
Post # 7
My PMS has gotten much worse over the past few years, so I’ve tried just about everything. The best things I’ve found are exercise, lots of water, and lots of sleep. When I feel a crazy mood swing coming on I’ll go for a run, and I swear it does wonders. If you suffer from cramps, heat pads (I use a DIY rice filled bag, microwaved for a minute) and drinking hot tea.
Also avoid caffeine as much as possible. It just makes the anxiety and short fuse much worse. Some things I’ve heard, but didn’t work much for me were taking calcium or magnesium supplements, reducing salt and sugar for bloating, avoiding red meat, and eating small frequent meals instead of big meals/
Post # 8
This is super super helpful. Thank you. I am a semi-pro mountain biker, and exercise 14-20 hours a week right now, so I don’t think I need more of that…although right before sometimes I skip training when I feel crappy…perhaps I should just go to the gym and do something light on those days.
I will definiltey try fish oil, andI think you girls are right, sleep is super valuable!
Thanks again…just joined this site and I think I will be adicted.
Post # 9
@HelleCat: Where should I look for that?
Post # 10
Exercise and healthy diet helps to reduce pms symptoms.
Post # 11
Don’t skip your exercise/work out days if you feel crappy. If you work through it you will feel better. I actually add exercise during my period and it helps with the mood and cramps but not with the break outs on my face. I have not been able to eat completely healthy during my period because the cravings are so great.
Post # 12
This is going to sound weird but take Turmeric. It’s an Indian spice and it’s an anti-inflammatory.
I’ve heard that the pills aren’t as effective so I’ve been taking 1/4 tsp. twice a day (I just put it in a little water and take it like a shot-gross I know)
I orginally took it for neck and shoulder pain I’ve been having and it works great but didn’t anticipate the wonderful side affect–the last 4 months I’ve had really light periods with no cramping! I always had awful heavy periods with terrible cramps.
Post # 13
What works for me: Drinking a lot of water. Orgasms. Exercise.