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Ladies, it looks like you'll have to wave goodbye to wine, gin and cocktails in the run-up to your period because a study has found that alcohol worsens the symptoms of PMS.

The authors of the study revealed that women who consumed alcohol in the week before their period experienced more symptoms, including food cravings, tiredness, tender breasts and mood swings.

Out of the 47,000 participants, 45 percent said they noticed a ‘moderate' increase in symptoms after consuming alcohol.

Women who drank excessively stated that they noticed a substantial difference in the severity of their symptoms, especially with food cravings.

The team stated that many PMS cases are linked to a woman’s alcohol intake, “Heavy drinking may be associated with four percent of the PMS cases in the world and over nine percent in Europe.”

It is understood that six in every 10 women consume alcohol with 12.6 percent classed as heavy drinkers.

“If this association is of causal nature, eliminating heavy drinking in women would then prevent one in every 12 cases of PMS in Europe.”

Dr Bahi Takkouche, who is the study’s senior author, explained to Reuters Health, “We believe that alcohol increases PMS risk by altering the level of hormones, such as gonadotropin, during the menstrual cycle.

He advised women to cut down on their alcohol intake in the week before their period to reduce symptoms.

Some of the physical symptoms of PMS include bloating, headaches, tender breasts and backache.

Other women may experience emotional symptoms including anxiety, feelings of sadness, mood swings, sleep problems and have trouble concentrating.

Luckily, there are ways to manage these symptoms from reducing your salt intake to exercising more, and from taking painkillers to cutting out alcohol in the run-up to your period.

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Whether you suffer from cramps, bloating and/or irritability, the days leading up to your period are no walk in the park, and for many women, chocolate is the go-to remedy when it comes to alleviating those dreaded PMS symptoms.

But, as it turns out, those cravings could all be in your head – or rather put there by clever advertising and cultural exposure.

According to a study conducted by researchers at the University at Albany, which looked at the PMS symptoms of 275 women in different parts of the world, those born outside the US were 50 per cent less likely to experience menstrual chocolate craving, compared to women born to US-born parents.

The results found that almost half of all American women surveyed experienced chocolate cravings around the time their period was due, however, this figure fell to just 17 per cent for first -generation immigrants living in the US.

It seems that women who display the strongest cravings for chocolate were more likely to be 'westernised' than those who did not.

Researchers suggest that popular culture could contribute to this pattern as it encourages women to use PMS and pregnancy as a socially and personally acceptable excuse to consume 'taboo' foods.

"PMS chocolate cravings are just one example of this process," said nutritionist Georgios Tzenichristos, according to Metro.co.uk,  "which also serve to highlight our own cultural norms and myths in relation to food, cravings and body image."

But, while we may not be able to use the 'hormone' excuse anymore, we're not sure we're ready to say goodbye to those monthly chocolate binges just yet. 

We won't tell if you don't. 

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Ah, PMS. Around half of the world's population suffer from it, and yet we're still known to discuss it in hushed tones from time to time.

Malin Olofsson has survived anorexia and is now a vegan weight-lifter and a body-positive Instagrammer.

However, like many of us, she suffers very heavily from PMS.

Bloating, mood swings and unbearable cramps are part of her life once a month, but she stayed silent about it because people think it's "weird."

 

——————————————– Some of you have seen this before. Some of you haven't. Some of you experience and go through this yourself once a month. Some of you will be disgusted. Some of you will sigh with relief and think -Omg I'm not alone. Some of you will not read this caption and presume that I'm pregnant. ——————————————– This is the visual signs of PMS for me and many other women. For some it's less extreme, for some it's more. Water retention is a very normal and common symptom of PMS. Some women will hardly notice it and some go through immense discomfort for a couple of days a month. It can start anytime between ovulation and your period. ——————————————– THIS  IS  NORMAL. This is nothing to be ashamed of. Yes – it is very uncomfortable, and yes – it is really difficult to not feel like you must hide it and try to suck your stomach in. I've stopped. I've decided that breathing is more important than what other people may or might think. I've decided that my body's reaction to the hormonal change is not going to be an aspect that I let contribute to my already unstable mental state. Because when I have PMS, I already feel like dying. And I've decided to love my body no matter how I feel about life. ——————————————– Do not blame your body for how you're feeling. It is never your body's fault. It is never anything wrong with how your body looks. Yes – your body might experience discomfort due to hormonal changes – so instead of making it worse through shaming your body, try doing the opposite. Realize that this is when you need extra self-care and self-love. Realize that you don't have to be ashamed and hide. You are perfect and your body is just doing it's job.

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Last weekend, Malin shared a photo of herself on Instagram, along with an explanation on her intense PMS symptoms.

"Some of you have seen this before. Some of you haven’t.

"Some of you experience and go through this yourself once a month. Some of you will be disgusted.

"Some of you will sigh with relief and think – Omg I’m not alone. Some of you will not read this caption and presume that I’m pregnant."

 

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She then told her followers that these are the things she goes through once a month.

"This is the visual signs of PMS for me and many other women. For some it's less extreme, for some it's more.

"Water retention is a very normal and common symptom of PMS. Some women will hardly notice it and some go through immense discomfort for a couple of days a month.

"It can start anytime between ovulation and your period.

 

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She ended her post by saying that we shouldn't punish or blame our bodies because they put us through these things. It's more important to take care of ourselves than worry about what people think.

"It is never your body's fault. It is never anything wrong with how your body looks. Yes – your body might experience discomfort due to hormonal changes – so instead of making it worse through shaming your body, try doing the opposite. 

"Realise that this is when you need extra self-care and self-love. Realize that you don't have to be ashamed and hide. 

"You are perfect and your body is just doing it's job."

We all need to remember that last line.

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Periods are crap. Between break-outs, bad moods and general dishevelment, it's fair to say that women go through the motions (and notions) during their time of the month.

But for some women, PMS symptoms can be crippling. While some scientists put bad PMS down to genetics, others are looking at a different cause, and we don't like it.

Apparently, researchers believe that extreme PMS could be caused by a parasite that's commonly found in cats. *Sob*

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The Daily Mail reports that an organism called toxoplasmosis, can be picked up while changing cat litter and it has also been linked to a number of other issues, including anxiety and aggression in humans.

Scientists from Juarez University of Durango State in Mexico studied over 150 women, taking blood samples to see if they could find the toxoplasma parasite in their system.

At the end of the testing, they found that women infected with the parasite were nine times more likely to report feeling "out of control" just before their period was due.

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However, the study published in the journal Clinical Medical Research did admit that this study was small and more research need to be conducted to confirm the findings.

"The results of this first study of its kind suggest toxoplasma gondii infection might be linked to some symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder," they said.

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Hello, your dreams called and they have the package you have been waiting for!

We all know that time of the month comes with cramps, back aches, bloating, plus all kinds of other pain and emotional devastation. So much emotional upheaval. 

25 GIFs That Perfectly Sum Up Having Your Period

While we are all different, we can generally all agree that sometimes we just want to crawl into bed and never leave. 

As different as we all are, there are some ways to address the worst of our PMS symtpons.

There are the rational things we can do, such as exercising or healthy eating but there are other things we do, too.

These things are more about comfort than actual logic. Sometimes you just need the comfort that comes along with your favourite comfy pants, junk food, and Titanic. No judgement here. 

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if some sort of a period fairy (a menstrual nymph, as it were) delivered a package to your doorstep when you’re desperate for your favourite comfort items?

Well, but this magical being is actually the PMS Package and it is now real.  

From the comfort of your computer, you can go on the PMS Package website and subscribe to receive a period care package every month. You can pick the size of the package and the date of arrival, so your cycle is synced with this service.

Sounds amazing, right? 

The person behind the PMS Package is 19-year old University of Miami student Luke Buchy.

He told Cosmopolitan that they have “a team of girls dedicated to helping us put box ideas on a month to month basis,” but a photo that Buchy tweeted in October of the “PMS squad” depicts mostly boys running the company. 

Not exactly who we envisioned to be behind a product developed for menstruating women, but that certainly hasn’t stopped the company for becoming a huge success.

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Oh, the joys of PMS. Bloating, cramps, irritability, headaches. They are just some of the things we love about getting our periods (not). 

It can only take one (or all combined) of these little gems to ruin your entire day but a great way to keep these issues at bay is to stock up on some special food for that time of the month that will help subside even some of the worst symptoms:

Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts

High-fibre veggies can ease bloating. Their high water content help push things along and rid the puffiness and discomfort we sometimes feel. 

 

Salmon and Chia Seeds

If your period brings a case of the blues each month, add a dose of omega-3. These little fatty acids can boost your mood and also keep the little menstrual blues at bay. 

 

Bananas

Disrupted sleep is common for many women right before their period is due. Make sure to get your z's by eating bananas, which contain melatonin – a sleep-aid hormone that's secreted at night and helps regulate your body's natural rhythms. 

 

Eggs

These PMS cravings are no joke, we know! But the best defence is a good offence: stay ahead of hunger! Start your day off with a good breakfast that is rich in protein and healthy fats. An omelette will help you feel satisfied and energised for the day. 

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There are lots of great things about being a woman, but getting our period every month is not one of them. Most definitely not.

The bloating, the grumpiness, it's all part and parcel of Mother Nature's monthly "gift". Here are 9 things guaranteed to happen like clockwork when you're on your period…

1. Those pesky cramps arrive in all their glory
Sometimes you can escape with no cramps at all, and other times it feels like your uterus is about to fall out. The joys.

 

2. You feel like you've suddenly gone up three dress sizes
So you have your period, meaning you're definitely NOT pregnant, and yet it's suddenly bloat-o-rama around the stomach area.

 

3. Everyone starts getting on your nerves. Everyone. All of the time.
"My god, do you have to BREATHE so loudly?"

 

4. Your boyfriend, brothers and male friends instinctively know to leave you alone
"ALL MEN ARE HORRIBLE."

 

5. You crave all the food
"Pass me that jar of Nutella there, I'm finished the Ben & Jerry's."

 

6. Your chin becomes a beautifully abstract canvas of spots and pimples
#Flawless

 

7. You tell yourself you're totally entitled to forgo the gym for Netflix
So what if exercise is meant to help cramps? The Good Wife is just as beneficial.

 

8. Your handbag becomes a wasteland of tampons and tampon wrappers
And yet you can NEVER find one when you need one

 

9. You make the executive decision to watch Marley and Me to help the tears along
"I'll just cry uncontrollably for two hours and I'll be GRAND."

 

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Us ladies have it tough. Not only do we have to suffer from annoying periods once a month, but we also have to put up with the cramps, crankiness and cravings that come with them. Boo.

Some would debate that PMS (premenstrual syndrome) is not a true condition, but we beg to differ. Any woman who’s every unexpectedly started crying during an episode of Friends while nursing a tub of Ben & Jerry’s will know that PMS is very, very real.

Here are ten thoughts you’ve no doubt had before or during your time of the month…

1. “I need all the chocolate. All.”
Some days you don’t give that Dairy Milk in the fridge a second thought, other days you’d happily scoff down two bars in a row and still want more. And it’s not just chocolate. Any food in your eye line can and will be eaten.

2. “Surely I’m not the only one crying during the X Factor results show?”
Chloe Jasmine didn’t deserve to lose that sing-off. She’s so LOVELY. *sobs*

3. “God, the Six One News is just really sad tonight…”
Why do bad things happen to good people?

4. “Ow. Bloated.”
The only thing that can help this is a hot water bottle and some duvet time. But of course that crampy, bloated feeling will usually start just as you’re getting dressed for Saturday night drinks. Thanks, Mother Nature. You’re a real dinger.

5. “So tiiiiiired.”
After all that eating and duvet time, the next natural step is to just close your eyes and have a little nap. C’mon, you’ve earned it.

6. “Christ, everyone is so annoying today.”
You never noticed before just how many questions your parents ask. And must everyone be so LOUD?

7. “Or is it me? Am I the annoying one?”
Those fickle hormones. You can never tell if it’s real PMS or if you’re just in one heck of a bad mood. Hopefully it’s the former.

8. “I really want to have sex.”
Why is it that the second our period arrives, we’re dying for some great sex? Just another one of nature’s “quirks.” So unfair!

9. “Oh, a breakout. Great.”
Whether you suffer from bad skin regularly or just around your time of the month, hormonal breakouts are just the worst. Resist the temptation to squeeze!

10. “I’m just so full of emotion right now.”
Who knew Jack Johnson’s music made you so nostalgic? Nothing for it but to weep quietly until the song is over. 

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If you’re like most girls on earth, you have a hate-hate relationship with PMS.

Mood swings, bloating, uncontrollable food cravings – they really kick our ass every month don’t they!

But before you raid the medicine cabinet, here are a few alternative remedies to help ease your monthly woes.

Supplements
A recent study showed that vitamin E and fatty acids are amazing for easing those PMS mood swings, sore breasts, cramps, headaches and bad skin.  A daily multivitamin should supply you with the Vitamin E you need, and you can pop a daily fish-oil capsule to get your fatty acids.

Acupuncture
Research shows acupuncture is ace at treating PMS cramps, insomnia, headaches and nausea. Most women are said to experience PMS relief within 24 hours after a session, so depending on your reaction, you might want to get treated once a month in the week before your period.

Herbs
New studies have shown thyme to be pretty effective in easing PMS woes.  Evening primrose may help alleviate anxiety and cramps, while valerian root, an ingredient in many teas, can ease bloated tummies.

Sweating and stretching
Mild forms of exercise can ease several PMS symptoms, including cramps and headaches. Working out not only releases pain-busting endorphins but also triggers dopamine (your natural source of pleasure and satisfaction) and serotonin (a depression and anxiety fighter). And doing hip and back stretches can increase blood flow to contracted uterine, abdominal, and lower-back muscles, easing the tension that leads to cramps.

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