Magnesium & PMS

Magnesium & PMS

Magnesium has been successfully used in the prevention and acute treatment of menstrual pain and PMS.

Every month many women feel tired and irritable before the onset of their menstruation. As if that wasn’t bad enough, when their period finally arrives it often brings nausea, headaches or migraine with it. The medical term for the raft of symptoms that occur ahead of menstruation is “premenstrual syndrome” – or PMS for short. Painkillers such as ibuprofen or naproxen are often used to treat acute symptoms, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Magnesium can also be used to alleviate PMS and menstrual pain.

Symptoms of PMS

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Water retention
  • Tension
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Cramps
  • Abdominal pains
  • Back pain
  • Tender breasts
  • Headaches
  • Depression

Magnesium & menstrual problems

Menstrual pain such as aches, cramps or twinges in the lower abdomen can be particularly unpleasant. The medical term for such symptoms is “dysmenorrhoea”. Many sufferers do not want to be reliant on painkillers in the longer term, so the fact that there is a gentle alternative is welcome news. A study of sufferers from dysmenorrhoea showed that a high dose of magnesium provides significant relief from the symptoms or even eliminates them altogether.

Magnesium for PMS

Magnesium can also alleviate the symptoms of PMS. Its relaxing and vasodilative effect can help to relieve cramps in the lower abdomen, as well as headaches and backache.

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Hormones known as prostaglandins are released during menstruation. These messenger compounds cause contractions of uterine musculature. So the uterine lining is repelled by body. 80% of period pain sufferers who took magnesium for six months reported no symptoms at all at the end of the trial. The authors of the study put this down to the fact that magnesium inhibits the biosynthesis of prostaglandins, as well as to the vasodilative effect of the mineral.

Magnesium deficiency & menstruation

A recent study has also shown that women with PMS have lower levels of magnesium in their serum. This in turn, increases the risk of PMS by 14%, according to scientists.

Magnesium can therefore be used preventively as well as in the acute treatment of menstrual pain and PMS. Since magnesium deficiency can result in PMS in particular, care should be taken to ensure an adequate intake every day.

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