Exercise seems to be helpful for women who have
premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It increases natural
brain chemicals (endorphins) that provide a feeling of well-being, which could
be the reason why women who exercise have fewer premenstrual symptoms. Regular
exercise also reduces symptoms of
Moderate regular aerobic exercise is the goal. Any aerobic exercise is
fine, including running, swimming, and bicycling. Find an activity that you
enjoy and are likely to do regularly.
Depression is a symptom that many
women experience during their menstruating years. The key element that sets
apart PMS-related depression from other forms of depression is the timing of
symptoms. More than 150 different symptoms have been ascribed to PMS, but the
hallmark of PMS-related problems is their occurrence during the two weeks prior
to the onset of menstruation (around the time
of ovulation). Women suffering
from PMS-related depression report dramatic relief from their symptoms...
Always listen to your body.
If you are just beginning an exercise program, don't overdo it. A walking
program is a good way to start, aiming for
1 mile (1.6 km) to
2 miles (3.2 km) at a brisk
pace, 4 to 5 times a week, and increasing your distance as you become more
For more information about starting an exercise program, see
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
June 8, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 08, 2010
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