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Top 5 PMS Symptoms and Medical Cannabis Treatment

Symptoms and Natural Treatments

In women’s health premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a combination of symptoms you may get weeks before your period starts. Over 90% of women experience some premenstrual symptoms. For some women, their symptoms are so severe that they struggle with daily life. While others are unphased by milder symptoms. On average women in the their 30s are most likely to suffer from PMS symptoms prior to their menstrual cycle.

The Top 5 Physical Symptoms

  • Breast tenderness
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Bloating or a gassy feeling
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Headache or backache

The Top 5 Mental and Emotional Symptoms

  • Feeling tired
  • Sleep problems (sleeping too much or too little)
  • Appetite changes or food cravings
  • Trouble with concentration or memory

Natural Ways to Treat PMS

If your menstrual period comes with unbearable PMS, you are not alone. There are few conventional options for treatment, particularly if you have a PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) including birth control. If you are interested in conventional methods, I recommend speaking to doctor well-informed on obstetrics and gynecology. If more minor, mere lifestyle changes could ease your symptoms.

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Exercising to Improve PMS

Exercise, specifically, yoga has been shown to relieve PMS symptoms. Yoga can reduce stress which helps manage PMS symptoms. However, whether you go to the gym, walk, run, dance, etc. your energy exertion will alleviate cramps. Be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. During PMS your heart, muscles, and lymphatic system can benefit from exercise.

Your blood cannot circulate unless you exercise. Whatever exercise you do, do not overexert yourself. Balancing your exercise routine with cardio, strength training, and stretching, may lower your likelihood of injury.

Medical Cannabis For Treating PMS

Cannabis has been found to alleviate a wide range of medical conditions, including those the physical and emotional symptoms of PMS and PMDD, such as including insomnia, irritability, depression, and joint pain. Little research has been done on using medical cannabis to treat PMS, but the trend abounds, as even Whoopi Golberg has gotten involved in California.

Women who reported having experienced PMS and PMDD and used cannabis completed an online survey assessing their frequency of use, PMS and PMDD symptoms, expectations of relief from symptoms, and cannabis-related problems. Women were found to expect cannabis to alleviate their symptoms, except for overeating/food cravings. The participants reported cannabis offers relief with fewer adverse side effects and is dependent for them.

Medical cannabis, exercise, and herbal treatments could all be natural viable ways to treat PMS. If more moderate-extreme you should speak to your doctor and if in a state or country with medical marijuana explore it as a treatment option as it is low in side effects and has shown promise.

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