Menstrual Disorder Treatment

Menstrual Disorder Treatment: Supplements

Exercise is another good way to relieve menstrual cycle symptoms. Even taking a 20 to 30 minute walk three times a week can:

  • increase brain chemicals that give you more energy and improve mood
  • decrease stress and anxiety
  • improve deep sleep at night

Some of the medical therapies your health care professional might suggest include:

  • antidepressants such as Paxil, Effexor, Zoloft, and Prozac or Xanax (anti-anxiety) for mood-related symptoms
  • GnRH agonists (Lupron), in combination with estrogen or estrogen-progestin hormone therapy
  • diuretic medications, as prescribed by a health care professional, help rid your body of excess water, water weight gain and bloating. Spironolactone (Aldactone) is the only diuretic that has been shown to be of benefit for reduction of premenstrual fluid-retention
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which can relieve premenstrual pain. A variety of NSAIDs are available, including over-the-counter ibuprofen products such as Advil and Motrin, or naproxen sodium (Aleve)
  • oral contraceptives to help regulate your menstrual cycle

Nutritional supplements such as zinc, vitamin E and magnesium have not been shown in scientific studies to relieve PMS symptoms. Other remedies, such as oil of primrose and other herbal remedies also are unproven. Discuss these and other strategies with your health care professional before taking any dietary supplement.