GET IT UNDER CONTROL
You cannot eliminate PMS, says Dr Seng Shay Way, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, and reproductive endocrinologist from KM Seng’s OG Practice, but these lifestyle changes can help you manage it.
1 Take calcium and vitamin B6 Calcium may help relieve PMS symptoms while vitamin B6 may improve PMS-linked depression. You’ll need 50-100mg a day.
2 Limit caffeine, sugar and sodium at least before your period, as these are linked to tension, anxiety, fatigue and bloating.
3 Exercise regularly It’s a mood-booster and helps relieve tension and pain.
4 Manage stress The stress makes PMS worse, and could make coping with the symptoms more difficult.
5 Use non-prescription medicines Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help if you suffer from headaches, muscle pain or cramps. NSAIDs work best when taken at regular dosage intervals during the time when you feel premenstrual pain, and within the first few days of menstrual bleeding. 6 Ask about the Pill In severe cases of PMS, the oral contraceptive pill or antidepressants can help.