Managing PMS

Menstruation cycle - girl period

First, the good news. Not all teen girls suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). For those who do, your symptoms can range from mild to severe.
If you’re really unfortunate, PMS can impact on you significantly. But you don't have to suffer in silence and there are things you can do to feel more comfortable and treat your PMS symptoms.

Top ten ways to treat PMS

Here are some tried and tested ways to help treat PMS:

  • Avoid salt, caffeine, sugary drinks and alcohol.
  • Try to eat six small meals a day instead of three large ones. This may help keep your symptoms from getting out of control.
  • Get a full night’s sleep every night – even weekends.
  • Keep up with your sports – it’ll lift your mood and may make you sleep like a baby. Light stretching is also known for helping period pains and menstrual cramps.
  • Talk to your mum. She's been through it all before and can really help, so don't be embarrassed to chat with her.
  • Reduce your stress: take time out for yourself, listen to your favourite tracks, go for a walk in the park, or chill out in the bath.
  • If you’re suffering with cramps, ask a trusted adult if you can take some pain relief.
  • Talk to your friends – they may be going through exactly the same thing you are.
  • If all else fails, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Talk to your mum. If things are really getting on top of you, ask your school nurse or your GP for help.

The PMS-busting diet

  • Try to eat lots of protein (fish, meat, cheese, milk, eggs and beans)
  • You’ll also need complex carbohydrates (whole wheat breads, pasta and cereals)
  • Don’t forget wholegrains – brown rice, bulger, oatmeal, spelt (a kind of wheat) – and calcium-rich foods like yogurt