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Premenstrual Syndrome

Self-Care At Home for Premenstrual Syndrome

  • Get plenty of rest and sleep.
  • Eat a diet rich in complex carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods.
  • Take a multivitamin and additional dietary supplements (such as calcium, magnesium and B6) daily. Talk to your doctor about which ones and how much you should take
  • Get regular exercise, such as walking, swimming, cycling and aerobics.
  • Decrease or eliminate salt in your diet.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol.  They can make PMS symptoms worse.
  • Try to reduce your stress level.  Learn and practice relaxation techniques such as meditation and deep breathing.
  • Take ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil),  naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) for headache, breast tenderness or joint pains.  Taking aspirin may increase menstrual bleeding.
  • Consider joining a PMS support group.

For More Information


  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
  • Practice Bulletin; Premenstrual Syndrome, Number 15, April 2000

Last reviewed: 01/01/2007
Last revised: 01/01/2007

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