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
Peer-Reviewed by the Faculty of the University of Colorado Denver Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.