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Fighting PMS with Herbs and PillsPainkillers are ever present in American supermarket aisles and when PMS begins to rear its ugly head, many a women heads straight for these painkillers. Of course, even an only cursory perusal of the list of ingredients as well as the side effects associated with these painkillers showcases that some risks are best not taken.

One painkiller, for example, is known to greatly increase the risk of liver problems, if the woman who ingests them also has a habit of ingesting alcohol. Although the complete extent of this risk is not fully known, the fact that alcohol is as common in American homes as painkillers should give pause to anyone who is considering fighting PMS with herbs and pills.

Moreover, the reliability of the painkillers specifically formulated for use with PMS symptoms leaves something to be desired, namely effectiveness. It appears that for women with multiple PMS symptoms there is a distinct tradeoff when using pain killers. While one might make one of the conditions – such as cramping – more manageable, it might worsen another one, usually bloating. Even women, who may not usually experience bloating, may actually do so for the first time after ingesting commercially available painkillers.

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Menopause: How To Deal With Hot FlashesOf all the symptoms associated with menopause, hot flashes have to be considered among the most ill-desired symptom of all. While they are an absolute annoyance, it is the hormonal imbalance within that causes them to occur. Since there are no definitive conclusions as to why hot flashes occur, let’s try to determine how to deal with hot flashes.

According to a recent report on menopause, it was determined that “lifestyle and psychological factors can increase the number and severity of hot flashes that a woman experiences. In fact, women who tested at a high level of anxiety had nearly five times the number of hot flashes as those who tested low. Women who smoked experienced twice the amount. Being overweight led to an increase in annoying hot flashes, as well.”

Hot flashes sometimes start with perimenopause, or they may not start until after the last menstrual period has occurred. Usually, they last three to five years and are usually worse during the year following the last menstrual period. However, it has been noted that for some women, hot flashes can last indefinitely.

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