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  1. 8 Diet Dos and Don'ts to Ease PMS

    Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is such a regular occurrence for many women that they consider it a normal part of getting their period. About 8% to 20% of women get moderate to severe symptoms a week or two before their monthly cycle begins. These symptoms include a range of physical and emotional chan

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  2. Why PMS Gives You Insomnia

    Most nights, Karin Wacaser, 48, a public relations consultant in Dallas, sleeps soundly for about 10 hours. But three days before her period, like clockwork, Wacaser has intense insomnia, waking up every hour or two. "It's crazy," she says. "And frustrating. Sometimes I'll toss and turn for an hour

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  3. Vitamin E and Fatty Acids May Ease PMS

    Jan. 19, 2011 -- A supplement containing vitamin E and essential fatty acids may help reduce symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), Brazilian researchers report in Reproductive Health. Of 120 women with PMS or the more severe premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), those who took 1- or 2-gram caps

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  4. Stress May Raise Risk of Premenstrual Syndrome

    Aug. 24, 2010 -- Feeling stressed out in the weeks preceding your menstrual cycle may raise your risk for experiencing more severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, a study shows. Women who reported high levels of stress in the two weeks before they got their period were two to three times more

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  5. New Drug Eases Menstrual Cramps

    March 23, 2010 -- An experimental new drug may ease menstrual cramps by targeting the cause rather than the symptom of the pain. Researchers say the drug, now in phase II clinical trials in the U.K. and U.S., works by blocking the hormone vasopressin, which is involved in contractions of the uterus.

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  6. Yaz Approved for Severe PMS

    Oct. 6, 2006 -- Yaz has become the first birth control pill to gain FDA approval for treating premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), the most severe form of PMS. The FDA based its action on clinical trial results showing that Yaz cut PMDD symptoms by at least half. Women taking Yaz reported twice a

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  7. PMS a Concern? It Might Not Just Be Hormones

    Oct. 25, 2005 -- Whether or not a woman suffers from monthly premenstrual mood swings may be related to how her brain is wired as well as her hormones. A new study shows that women who experience no menstrual mood changes use parts of their brain differently than women who have PMS (premenstrual syn

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  8. No-Period Birth Control Pill May Help PMS

    Oct. 17, 2005 -- The first birth control pill designed to completely eliminate periods for one year is also proving to be an effective treatment for premenstrual syndrome (PMS). The experimental low-dose combined contraceptive, which delivers estrogen and a progestin 365 days a year (with no pill-fr

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  9. Low-Dose Birth Control Pill Treats Severe PMS

    Aug. 31, 2005 -- A low-dose oral contraceptive that is not yet on the market may be an effective alternative to antidepressants for the treatment of severe premenstrual syndrome. Researchers show that the unique birth control formulation worked better than placebo for treating women with premenstrua

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  10. Calcium, Vitamin D in Diet May Prevent PMS

    June 13, 2005 -- Now there's yet another reason for women to get plenty of calcium and vitamin D. The bone-building nutrients may prevent PMS. PMS -- premenstrual syndrome PMS -- premenstrual syndrome -- is a collection of symptoms that come between ovulation and a woman's menstrual period. Symptoms

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