Recently on Web MD there was a section on a new nose spray that is in a trial phase for relief of PMS symptoms. The spray has not even been named for release yet, but is a mix of pheromones which seem to be relieving the participant’s symptoms. (Go watch the WebMD video about this nose spray)
The participants are all keeping record of their symptoms and the relief they get with each use of the spray. Since there seem to be no long term affects of the spray the women are able to use it several times a day with no problems.
One woman stated that she was seeing a great reduction in her symptoms with the use of the spray and she suffered with PMS two weeks out of every month with pretty severe symptoms. If this study proves successful then there may be another alternative to PMS relief on its way.
Until then other things that can be helpful in reducing the affects of PMS on our lives are of course regular exercise and a healthy diet. A few over-the-counter supplements that I’ve heard recommended are Chaste Tree Berry and Mood Sync, both seem to help balance out hormone levels and reduce some of the symptoms of PMS, especially physical symptoms, mood swings and anxiety.
Other supplements that are recommended for use are calcium (affects mood and fluid retention), magnesium (bloating and pain), vitamin B6 (depression), and vitamin E (breast tenderness and mood). Zinc is sometimes used for PMS-related acne. Black cohosh has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression and tension.
Some women find using different types of relaxation methods helpful like exercises, yoga, roll breathing and massage therapy. Other things that have been studied are bright light therapy (cool-white fluorescent) used in the a.m. and p.m. to reduce the severity of the symptoms.
There are so many suggestions and recommendations for PMS relief that it would be difficult to try them all, but hopefully we can all find a combination of things that work for us until this miracle nose spray is released and then maybe it will be all we need in one spray!