Just about every woman knows what PMS, or premenstrual syndrome is. The majority of women who are in childbearing years with a period, get the typical symptoms. This might mean irritability, cramps, bloating, or tender breasts. While the symptoms can vary, if you get your period, you probably have experienced PMS symptoms.
What is PMS?
This is what many women experience shortly before their period, and often several days into their period. PMS comes in many forms, and can include mood changes, physical changes, and even mental changes. PMS is the result of your hormone levels changing when you get close to your period, and might include acne, irritability, increased appetite or cravings, fatigue, and bloating.
However, if you feel like your symptoms are much more severe, you might actually have a condition called premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD. PMDD has more emotional symptoms – While PMS does accompany some irritability and moodiness, PMDD shows some severe emotional changes, such as worsened anxiety, sadness, hopelessness, depression, and considerable anger.
For both conditions, can can be a huge help. There are many reported benefits to hitting the mat, including reducing stress,actively relaxing more, boosting your mood, and best of all, getting natural period pain relief. The correct yoga practice during the menstrual cycle can make a huge difference to your experience of PMS or seriousness of these symptoms.
In addition to this Changes in diet to increase protein and carbohydrates and decrease sugar, salt, caffeine, and alcohol.Vitamin supplements (such as vitamin B6, calcium, and magnesium)
Common Gynological Problems You Should Know About
As a woman, you might be concerned about your health in terms of gynological issues. These are those conditions related to your reproductive system, that may lead to cervical cancer, prevent pregnancy, or make sexual activity or periods painful and hard to deal with. Keep reading to find out more about the common problems and what can be done about them.
If you are a woman with extremely painful periods, you might have endometriosis. Endometriosis occurs when tissue that is similar to the uterine lining (endometrium) is located outside of the uterus. The result could be inflammation, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, scar tissue, pain with vaginal penetration, abdominal pain, urinary dysfunction, fatigue, low back pain, hip pain, etc. This is not the normal period pain most women experience – it is debilitating and has been compared to the pain of childbirth and related pains. These are very painful and can cause infertility
Scar tissue builds bridges between organs and these adhesions decrease the ability of the organs to slide and glide. The restricted mobility of the nerves, muscles, viscera, and surrounding connective tissue can cause blockages and pain.
New research on endometriosis reveals yoga reduces pain and improves quality of life. A randomized control trial was performed in Brazil, looking at the use of hatha yoga to treat pain caused by endometriosis. The goal of the study was to evaluate chronic pelvic pain, menstrual patterns, and quality of life.
It is possible that you have bad menstrual cramps without having endometriosis. This is a condition known as dysmenorrhea. Most women do have some sort of pain during menstruation, but it can have a wide range on the pain scale. The pain might also lead to symptoms you thought were PMS=related, btu are from the pain, such as fatigue, nausea, and vomiting. Dysmenorrhea might be caused by other conditions, such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis, or infections, making it a secondary type of pain.
Another gynological condition women might experience is uterine fibroids. These are growths that appear on the uterus, but are not cancerous. They are not associated with uterine cancer or even a risk of developing this type of cancer, but can cause issues like pain and bleeding. Typically someone with uterine fibroids might have difficulty with long menstrual periods and heavy bleeding, leg pain, back pain, constipation, and frequent urination. Talk to your doctor to learn more about uterine fibroids and what can be done about them.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Known as PCOS, polycystic ovarian syndrome can also cause issues with your menstrual cycle and ability to get pregnant. When you have PCOS, it leads to a major imbalance of your hormones. You might have long or short periods, problems with getting pregnant, and physical changes like hair on your face and neck, or weight that you can’t seen to get rid of on your own.
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