Menstrual Disorder Treatment

Menstrual Disorder Treatment: PMS and PMDD

Treating PMS and PMDD

To help manage PMS or PMDD symptoms, try exercise and dietary changes suggested here and ask your health care professional for other options.

Dietary options:

  • cut back on alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, salt and refined sugar, which can make PMS and PMDD symptoms worse
  • increase the amount of calcium in your diet from sources such as low-fat diary products, soy products, dark greens like turnip greens, and calcium fortified orange juice. Increased calcium may help relieve some menstrual cycle symptoms.
  • increase the amount of complex carbohydrates in your diet; these include fruits, vegetables, grains and beans
  • increase the amount of water you drink to help flush out fluids from your body and make you feel more comfortable