What can I do to minimize PMS?

You may have heard that vitamins and other pills such as vitamin B6, vitamin E, magnesium, manganese and tryptophan can help relieve PMS. There has not been enough research done on these vitamins to know if they really help, and they may even hurt you. Talk to your doctor if you are thinking about trying any of these.

Every woman is different when it comes to PMS. But here are some tips that may help:

  • Eat complex carbohydrates (found in whole grain breads, pasta and cereals), fiber and protein
  • Eat less sugar and fat
  • Stay away from salt the few days before your period (to reduce bloating)
  • Drink less caffeine (found in soda, tea and coffee) to feel less crabby and help ease breast soreness
  • Eat small frequent meals each day rather than big ones
  • Make sure you are getting the exercise teens need: 30 minutes of exercise, 4 to 6 times a week
  • Make sure to get about 8 hours of sleep at night
  • Keep a regular schedule for exercise, meals, and bedtime