We've answered all the questions you've been too shy to ask
Despite this, a recent study of 90,000 women found that we refer to our periods with more than 5,000 ‘code words’ to avoid even having to utter the word. Which would be comedic in one sense, except that many women are suffering from pain, fertility issues, medical conditions, fear and discomfort in silence. It’s time to shine a light on menstrual health – here’s what you should know.Tamp
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What is PMS?
So, what’s the solution? ‘You could try the combined oral contraceptive pill or the contraceptive coil with oestrogen tablets or patches,’ says Raine-Fenning. These stop ovulation – the time when PMS often peaks – by adjusting oestrogen and progesterone levels artificially. There are alternative treatments, too. ‘Irritability will also be worse if a woman is low in magnesium because it’s key in stabilising mood,’ says nutritional therapist Alison Cullen. ‘To help, you can take magnesium supplements or top up levels with foods such as almonds, buckwheat and kidney beans.’
Get to know your menstrual cycle
This is the time when you have the clearest conversation between the right and left hemisphere of the brain because hormone circulation is at a low so we can think clearly. Neurologically, it’s a prime time to analyse, review and think strategically. Look back on last month – how did it go?