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Premenstrual Syndrome Home Treatments

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Treating premenstrual syndrome at home

There are several ways to treat premenstrual (PMS) symptoms—menstrual cramps, fatigue, and bloating—yourself.

  • Home PMS treatment starts with OTC pain relievers like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) to relieve menstrual cramps. These should start to work in about 20–30 minutes.
  • There are also PMS medications that combine pain relievers like acetaminophen with caffeine, antihistamines, and diuretics (for bloating), like Midol and Pamprin. Certain natural supplements may also be helpful, like calcium and magnesium.
  • Lifestyle changes may help both physical symptoms and your mood symptoms. Changes include exercise, relaxation techniques (yoga, meditation), placing a heating pad or hot water bottle on your abdomen, getting enough sleep, avoiding alcohol and nicotine, and drinking more water. Dietary changes, such as reducing your salt intake, may also help relieve PMS symptoms.

See a healthcare provider or mental health professional if home treatments aren’t helpful, your symptoms are moderate to severe, or they are interfering with your life.

OTC medications for premenstrual syndrome

  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for cramps
  • Acetaminophen/pyrilamine (Midol) or acetaminophen/pamabrom/pyrilamine (Pamprin) for PMS symptoms
  • Calcium supplements (1,200 mg daily) may reduce physical symptoms and mood swings.
  • Magnesium supplements may help relieve bloating, breast tenderness, and mood swings.
  • The chasteberry herb may help relieve PMS symptoms including breast swelling and discomfort.

How to treat PMS at home

  • Regular exercise can help with PMS symptoms. Try to exercise throughout the month.
  • Relaxation exercises, like breathing exercises, meditation, and yoga, may help with symptoms.
  • Getting enough sleep can reduce your fatigue and moodiness.
  • Making changes to your diet, such as reducing salt and drinking more water, may help prevent some symptoms.
  • Try to avoid alcohol and nicotine.
  • Taking ibuprofen 1–2 days before your period starts may help prevent painful cramps.
  • Placing a heating pad on your abdomen can help soothe cramps.
  • Calcium supplements (1,200 mg daily) may reduce physical symptoms and mood swings.
  • Magnesium supplements may help relieve bloating, breast tenderness, and mood swings.
  • The chasteberry herb may help relieve PMS symptoms including breast swelling and discomfort.
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