yoga poses for PMS relief

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  PMS is one of the most difficult phase that every girl has to bear every month. PMS comes with lots of pain, anxiety, cramps, acnes and discomfort. I  remember when my mom told me about periods she only mentioned that there are 3-4 days on which you'll bleed and have cramps. I was told the same by everyone around me. No one told me about PMS, the pain and sufferings along with it. I'm sure you also experienced it yourself with time. Every problem has a solution. I believe there is no better solution than doing yoga for any health disorder or a disease. Yoga and exercises at home have helped me to reduce period pain and ofcourse the cruel premenstrual symptoms too. PMS is not much prevalent in younger teens. The symptoms start showing up in older teens and early 20s of a girl. If not looked upon the hormonal changes occuring every month the symptoms worsens with age and the women in their 40s experiences the worst of the worsts PMS. YOGA undoubtedly has very effective results

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder- PMDD



Hi ! I'm Sonalika and I have something called PMDD. Those of you who don't know what PMDD is, it is a kind of PMS but 'PMS a million times'. PMDD refers to Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and actually a phobia for me. 


             So, it all started when i was 15. It had been 3 years since my periods started when i experienced severe PMS symptoms. Due to lack of information and knowledge regarding this matter i have literally grown up with the severe PMS. 
PMDD symptoms includes:

Why I'm Not Celebrating Being PMDD-Free - Mad In America

A) Emotional symptoms                                                 
1. Severe mood swings                                
2. Sudden sadness
3. Suicidal feelings
4. Crying 
5. Feeling loneliness                                   
6. Anxiety
7. Depression
8. Irritation


B) Physical symptoms
1. Painful acne
2. Sore breast/ breast tenderness
3. Social withdrawal/conflicts with others
4. Withdrawal from daily activities
5. Cramps and pain 
6. Constipation/ diarrhoea
7. Insomnia
8. Loss of appetite/ overeating

I've been experiencing these symptoms just 2 weeks before my date of periods. It's horrible to know that i'm going into that phase where i don't want to go and experience all those negative emotions. Believe me, it is terrible to see myself going into depression and experiencing all that every month which genuinely i don't want to. As soon as i start with my periods after 28 to 30 days, i get back to normal. Suddenly i feel that i'm alive and each symptom just gets away. I feel like i'm the happiest person ever once i start bleeding. This is the time when i apologise to every person whom the PMDD monster in me had hurted. I feel bad about how can i get into a conflict with someone whom i love the most but actually that's not the real me who gets engaged into these conflicts. I literally push my parents and my close ones away from me as i want to be alone, locked in a room.

PMDD effects 7-8% of the women due to which it's awareness is less. Even my mother didn't know about it until i was diagnosed with it. According to a statistical study, these symptoms are experienced by 1 out of 20 women and unfortunately i'm that 1. 


PMDD has affected my social life. It seriously gets hard to explain the other person how I'm feeling at that time. The monster in me just start messing up things before my periods with my significant others and that's what terrifies me. The feeling of loneliness, sadness and anxiety gets so strong at that time that i literally cry the shit out of myself. I don't think it's normal to cry my heart out without a reason.


I realised this will ruin me one day. Handling breakups and PMDD got tough for me. I was in a sudden need for a therapist or may be a gynaecologist. I didn't have anyone to share my feelings. I started watching youtube videos about PMDD, visited a gynaecologist and finally started with some preventive measures.

I'm a pharmacist by profession and i've studied all the side effects and adverse effects of taking steroidal medications and antidepressants as well. My inner self was not allowing me to have these medications so i opted out of the idea of getting treated myself with medicines and switched to some natural and healthy ways.

I firmly believe on herbal remedies for literally every other disorder. For my severe PMS ie. PMDD i came to a conclusion that I can prevent or subside my symptoms by following various ways:

1. Regular exercise: Exercising two times a day is doing wonders to my health. I feel so energetic and calm. My blood circulation is improved. Now i get less acne on my face. I am improving my mood swings, depression and anxiety state.
I no longer experience pain before my periods. exercising is genuinely helping me a lot.

2. Spearmint tea: Beside clearing acne and lowering testosterone levels as mentioned by me in my previous blog, this magic remedy has mind calming effects. I usually drink spearmint tea at night so that my mind just relax and i don't have troubles with my sleep. 

3. Supplements: Fish oil (rich source of vitamin A & omega-3 fatty acids) calcium supplements (to avoid joint pains and cramps) and Hempushpa ( ayurvedic syrup which is a source of iron and it helps in lowering down the severeness of my symptoms before my periods) are the 3 key supplements i'm currently relying on and have seen much improvements in my behaviour and physical symptoms.

3. Diet modifications: I have not been a willing consumer of caffeine which is a good thing for me but yes, I didn't eat fruits and veggies much. But now i have a plate full of green salad and fruits as evening snacks. Seeing colorful fruits and veggies helps in releasing serotonin which reduces depression.

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