Symptoms of Pre-menstrual Tension
The symptoms of premenstrual tension usually appear between two and seven days before the period is due, and clear up soon after it starts. They may include moodiness and fatigue, as well as discomfort in the breasts, back and abdomen. Often, there is also a slight increase in the woman’s weight.
What you can do
• Avoid stress during the week before a period.
• Cut down on salt, which makes the body retain fluid.
• Cut down on caffeine (tea, coffee and cocoa) and alcohol, which can make you more irritable.
• Extra vitamin B6 taken on the days when PMT occurs, may reduce symptoms.
If the symptoms are severe, see your doctor, who may prescribe hormone treatment.