Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) (cont.)
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Although premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can't be cured, you do have a number of lifestyle, medicine, and other treatment choices that can reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Although most of the therapies listed below are not considered standard treatment for PMS, you may find one or more of them helpful in relieving some of your symptoms. In general, these treatments are safe and well tolerated.
Complementary or alternative therapies
These therapies may help relieve symptoms in some women.
Vitamin and mineral supplements often recommended for home treatment of PMS and PMDD
These supplements are commonly recommended for PMS home treatment:
Other mineral or herbal therapies sometimes used for PMS
What to think about
Before you start taking a vitamin, herb, or mineral supplement, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. He or she can find out if it might interfere with other medicines you are taking.
You can buy vitamin and mineral supplements and herbal remedies in drugstores, grocery stores, or health food stores.
When trying an alternative therapy for PMS or PMDD, first try those that are most known to be effective. Try a therapy for two to three menstrual cycles: to be helpful, some therapies may require use for more than one cycle.
As with all supplements, it is important to follow the directions on the supplement label. Do not exceed the maximum dose. If you are trying to become pregnant but want some relief from your PMS symptoms, discuss using nutritional supplements and herbal remedies with your health professional. Certain supplements and remedies have side effects that should be avoided if you are trying to become pregnant.
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