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Dealing with PMS

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2007

Most college-age women have experienced some form of Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) during their lives, and some deal with symptoms such as cramps, fluid retention, and mood swings on a monthly basis.

While PMS is an uncomfortable issue for some people to discuss, it is important that women know what they can do to decrease these symptoms and better her quality of life. There are many steps women can take to deal with the feelings they experience during PMS.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on their womenshealth.gov website, has compiled the following list of ways to ease symptoms of PMS:

1) Take a daily multivitamin with 400 micrograms of folic acid, as well as a calcium supplement with Vitamin D.

2) Exercise regularly.

3) Eat healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

4) Avoid salt, sugary foods, caffeine, and alcohol, especially when experiencing symptoms.

5) Get enough sleep. Try to get 8 hours of sleep a night.

6) Find healthy ways to cope with stress, such as talking to friends, exercising, or writing in a journal.

7) Don’t smoke.

While this list may seem next to impossible for a college student to maintain (for example, there are some days when we just can’t get 8 hours of sleep, and we absolutely must have caffeine), it is crucial to both the physical and mental health of women that we get regular exercise and learn to cope with stress in healthy ways.

In this pursuit, IUSB students are lucky to have access to the Health and Wellness Center and exercise facilities. While it can be uncomfortable at first to work out in front of other students, the positives far outweigh the negatives for female IUSB students. If we join together as women and create an atmosphere of support and friendliness, we can all benefit from better physical and mental health, and decrease our symptoms of PMS.

Surely that is a worthy goal.

Rachel Custer

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