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Re: need PMS help please....or just a cyberhug... alesta

Posted by Larry Hoover on August 31, 2004, at 17:32:23

In reply to need PMS help please....or just a cyberhug..., posted by alesta on August 31, 2004, at 17:26:20

> i am having a severe case of pms...i feel absolutely awful and am yelling and being mean to everyone. could any of you ladies or men (i hear there's a male pms, too?) help me out here? or just give me a cyberhug? it's amazing how much damage you can do to your life in just a few days' time. please somebody just tell me it's gonna be ok...i promise i won't bite your head off..:)
> amy :)
> oh, by the way, i haven't really had a case of PMS since i started taking vitamins. but i ran out last month so it has come back with a vengeance...

Well the hug is easy. Here's a big old bear hug...


Now, I note that you were responding to vitamins, so I won't preach on that. The B-vitamins (particularly important in PMS) are water-soluble, so you really must use them, at least for the ten days before that critical point in time. Secondly, you may be interested in the effects of krill oil. The stuff is relatively expensive, however. See:

Altern Med Rev. 2003 May;8(2):171-9.

Evaluation of the effects of Neptune Krill Oil on the management of premenstrual syndrome and dysmenorrhea.

Sampalis F, Bunea R, Pelland MF, Kowalski O, Duguet N, Dupuis S.

Department of Experimental Surgery, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of Neptune Krill Oil (NKO) for the management of premenstrual syndrome and dysmenorrhea. SECONDARY OBJECTIVE: To compare the effectiveness of NKO for the management of premenstrual syndrome and dysmenorrhea with that of omega-3 fish oil. METHODS/ DESIGN: Double-blind, randomized clinical trial. SETTING: Outpatient clinic. PARTICIPANTS: Seventy patients of reproductive age diagnosed with premenstrual syndrome according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Third Edition, Revised (DSM-III-R). INTERVENTIONS: Treatment period of three months with either NKO or omega-3 fish oil. OUTCOME MEASURES: Self-Assessment Questionnaire based on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) diagnostic criteria for premenstrual syndrome and dysmenorrhea and number of analgesics used for dysmenorrhea. RESULTS: In 70 patients with complete data, a statistically significant improvement was demonstrated among baseline, interim, and final evaluations in the self assessment questionnaire (P < 0.001) within the NKO group as well as between-group comparison to fish oil, after three cycles or 45 and 90 days of treatment. Data analysis showed a significant reduction of the number of analgesics used for dysmenorrhea within the NKO group (comparing baseline vs. 45- vs. 90-day visit). The between-groups analysis illustrated that women taking NKO consumed significantly fewer analgesics during the 10-day treatment period than women receiving omega-3 fish oil (P < 0.03). CONCLUSION: Neptune Krill Oil can significantly reduce dysmenorrhea and the emotional symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and is shown to be significantly more effective for the complete management of premenstrual symptoms compared to omega-3 fish oil.




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