Try to avoid habits that may make
premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms worse.
Avoid alcohol, at least during your premenstrual
days. Alcohol is a depressant and may increase negative
Do not smoke, or if you smoke,
Eliminate or reduce caffeine in your diet, at least during
your premenstrual days.
Reduce chocolate in your diet, at least
during your premenstrual days.
Reduce salt in your diet.
The role of caffeine in PMS is not clear. It appears that women who
have significant PMS symptoms tend to drink more beverages containing caffeine
than women who do not have PMS symptoms. But a cause-and-effect
relationship has not been established.
Some women report less breast tenderness after reducing caffeine. To
see whether reducing your caffeine intake will decrease your PMS symptoms, try
limiting how much caffeine you consume, for two to three menstrual
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
June 8, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 08, 2010
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