Marla Ahlgrimm, founder of Women’s Health America and co-founder of Madison Pharmacy Associates, says that PMS affects the entire family, not just the woman suffering its symptoms. If you are a woman who has trouble with PMS, it is normal to fear that your daughters will also suffer with the issue, says Marla Ahlgrimm. Ahlgrimm insists that taking a step back and looking for new ways to manage PMS can be beneficial to both mother and daughter. Here, Ahlgrimm shares a few tips on how to address PMS.
- You are her role model, points out Marla Ahlgrimm. Let her know why you do the things that you do. Eat a balanced diet and exercise. Let her know that these things help you manage your symptoms.
- Keep and open and honest line of communication. Marla Ahlgrimm says that when PMS seems to run in a family, speak openly about the disorder early on.
- Take advantage of the opportunity to dispel myths. Education and information are the keys to successfully equipping your daughter to deal with the disorder, says Ahlgrimm.
- Society today is more aware that PMS is a legitimate disorder. Use positive encouragement by reminding her that she will have many more options than you, or generations before you.
- Ahlgrimm also says not to force her or expect that she will imitate you immediately. It takes time for the seeds of a healthy lifestyle and proper PMS management to sink in to young minds. Be her guide, but let her find her own ways to deal with the disorder.
Help the Entire Family Deal with PMS
According to studies by Marla Ahlgrimm and PMS Access, PMS takes its toll on families and other relationships. Of 375 women surveyed in one study, 79% said that PMS negatively affects their relationship with their families. “So many women tell me their PMS symptoms of anger, irritability, and depression impact their entire families,” says Ahlgrimm. PMS Access founder, Marla Ahlgrimm, says that family members should educate themselves more about PMS so that they can better support the PMS sufferer.
- Chart PMS symptoms so family members can anticipate behavior.
- Communicate openly with the entire family about PMS. This means talking as well as listening.
- Eat well and cut back on sugar, caffeine, and alcohol.
- Divide chores, keep stress levels as low as possible; together, the family can really help the sufferer deal with her PMS.
- Ahlgrimm says that fathers/spouses can help out by taking over some of the childcare duties so that mom can have some time to herself.
- Respect the PMS sufferer’s wishes for physical affection. Some women want hugs at this time, while others prefer no physical contact.
With time, patience, and open communication, Marla Ahlgrimm says that PMS and its symptoms do not have to continue to negatively impact a family’s relationship. There is hope for women with PMS.
The information in this article has been previously published and is provided as a reference resource by Marla Ahlgrimm, R.Ph. The businesses referenced above were sold in 2011. Marla Ahlgrimm is also the co-founder and President of Cyclin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The company sells proprietary products for the women’s health market as well as ProCycle PMS and ProCycle Gold products. For more information, go online to www.cyclinpharma.com