The emotional, behavioral and physical symptoms of PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, affect 40 million women during the one to two weeks prior to their menstrual periods. This syndrome causes 5 million women to visit their doctors each year, and is responsible for 150 different symptoms. Furthermore, this syndrome can be difficult to identify and treat, as symptoms may vary from month to month, and some sufferers may even experience months with no PMS symptoms at all.

Before we discuss some treatment and prevention options, let's go over a list of common premenstrual syndrome symptoms:



PMS was first described in 1931 by an American neurologist, and today, over 75 years later, we still do not know definitively what causes the disorder. It is thought that PMS symptoms stem from hormonal shifts during a woman's monthly menstrual cycle, and that women with PMS either have greater hormone shifts, or are more susceptible to normal shifts. Furthermore, premenstrual syndrome may be at least partially hereditary.


Many self-care strategies have been shown to prevent PMS symptoms. These include:


Some women have found great relief from PMS symptoms through a medical approach, although many of these treatments have neither been approved by the FDA for PMS treatment nor clinically proven to be effective. Effectiveness and worth of medical treatments must be weighed by each individual against possible side effects to determine their legitimacy.

Recommended products

Many of the medical treatments mentioned above carry with them the potential for side effects, and some may not work for everyone, which is why many women are turning to natural remedies to treat premenstrual syndrome.

A safe, highly effective all-natural product we have recently discovered is Nature's Way PMS Capsules. With a combination of all-natural ingredients, Nature's Way successfully decreases premenstrual symptoms and helps provide nutritional support for a healthy cycle.

Follow this link to learn more about Nature's Way PMS Capsules, and see if it's the answer to your premenstrual problems.

When to see your doctor

Though most PMS symptoms are successfully treated at home, here are some instances when you should see a doctor:

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