Category: Womens Health

PMS Treatment Options | What is Premenstrual Syndrome?

PMS Treatment Options

PMS Treatment OptionsWhat is Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS?) | PMS Treatment Options

Pre-menstrual Syndrome (PMS) previously referred to as Pre-menstrual Tension (PMT) as the name indicates is a set of physical, mental, and emotional symptoms usually experienced by a woman about a week or two before her menstrual periods. It is a very common condition and affects up to 80% of menstruating women. Although there is no simple treatment for PMS, there are ways you can reduce the number and severity of symptoms associated with this condition. Before we explore some of the premenstrual syndrome treatment options it’s important to look at some of the symptoms and factors that influence PMS.

Premenstrual syndrome – Symptoms | PMS Treatment

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  • painful cramping
  • anxiety
  • insomnia
  • binge eating
  • bloating
  • constipation or diarrhea
  • acne
  • breast swelling & tenderness
  • mood swings, depression, irritability, crying spells

Premenstrual syndrome – Contributing Factors | PMS Treatment Options

Since PMS is associated with a wide range of symptoms, it becomes extremely difficult to make a firm diagnosis. A number of studies have been conducted to explain the cause of PMS, but till to date; none of them have been proven. The majority of research studies suggest that PMS results from an interaction between the changing hormone levels and the brain neurotransmitter serotonin.

Premenstrual syndrome – PMS Treatment Options

Over the past two decades, a number of approaches for treating symptoms related to PMS have emerged; some are backed up with clinical studies while others take traditional or native approaches into account and rely on anecdotal evidence.

Common treatment options for relieving PMS symptoms range from using pharmaceutical medications to using some old tried and tested natural home remedies

Depending on the number and severity of the symptoms, you may need to use any one or a combination of different treatment options to alleviate the pain and symptoms associated with PMS.

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  • Antidepressants
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
  • Diuretics
  • Lifestyle Changes
  • Dietary modification
  • Supplements
  • Hormonal contraceptives

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Women’s Health & Awareness of Heart Disease

Women's Health- Heart Disease

Women's Health- Heart Disease

Women’s Health & Awareness of Heart Disease

Heart disease is the No.1 cause of death of women in Australia, with 24 women succumbing to this silent killer every day.

According to the Heart Foundation, heart disease is three times more likely to cause death in Australian women than breast cancer. However, less than 40% of women are aware that it’s the leading cause of death in women’s health.

Navigating a breast cancer diagnosis can be an all-consuming experience. Whether processing the news, preparing for a mastectomy or going through chemotherapy, the process often takes over every facet of your life, and likely, the last thing on your mind is reconstructive surgery.

In fact, despite the continued destigmatization of plastic surgery, the growing number of resources for breast cancer treatment and prevention – and even the fact that health insurance is legally required to cover the costs of reconstruction after breast cancer – less than half of all women who require mastectomy were offered breast enlargement or reconstruction surgery as of 2017, and fewer than 20 percent opted for immediate reconstruction.

Who is More Likely To Get Heart Disease?

The risk of heart disease increases with age but younger women are also susceptible to this risk. In order to know your personal risk of developing heart disease, whether young or old, it is important to have a heart check-up with your local Melbourne GP. Besides having regular check-ups, there are other ways to promote women’s health and prevent heart disease. Over 90% of Australian women can modify at least one heart disease risk factor and 50% have two or three modifiable risk factors.

Can Heart Disease Be Prevented?

Heart disease can be prevented if you practice healthy lifestyle habits. We recommend a healthy diet, being physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking and limiting alcohol intake.

Heart Disease and The Diet

According to WebMD, eating a heart-healthy diet would balance your cholesterol and blood sugar levels whilst also lowering your blood pressure and weight. High cholesterol, blood sugar levels, blood pressure and weight are all risk factors to heart disease and can worsen women’s health. A heart-healthy diet advises consumption of more plant-based foods such as vegetables, fruit, wholegrains, nuts, legumes and seeds. These foods contain fiber which is good for your cholesterol and aids in digestion.

Include fish or seafood into your diet as it provides a good source of protein and other nutrients. The Heart Association recommends at least 2-3 servings per week of fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. They also recommend at least 2 servings per week of legumes (lentils and dried beans) as they are high in fibre and low in fat. Nuts, seeds, avocado, olives and their oils are a good source of healthy fats that help balance your blood cholesterol.

Reduce salt from your diet and add flavor to your dishes with herbs and spices. Most adults consume too much sodium which raises your blood pressure levels. Try to avoid consuming too much packaged foods as these tend to be high in sodium.

Other Ways To Reduce Heart Disease

A combination of both a healthy diet and exercising at least 2-3 times per week will promote women’s health and reduce the risk of heart disease. Making healthy lifestyle choices such as quitting smoking and reducing alcohol intake would also increase women’s health. Both smoking and drinking can raise blood pressure, increasing your risk of stroke and heart attack which leads to heart disease.


For more information: Make an appointment with one of our doctors at Southgate Medical Centre or call the Heart Foundation on 1300 36 27 87


Mums exercise for Women’s Health

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Struggling to find time to exercise as a busy mum? You’re not alone – it’s easy to forget healthy lifestyle habits when you have other people to care for. Unfortunately, this often results in a disregard towards women’s health, with decreased energy levels and a lack of motivation in preparing healthy meals and being physically active.

Why is Postnatal Exercise Important?

It is advised that all mums have some me-time for themselves each week. Keeping active is a great way of taking some time for yourself, especially if you’ve just given birth and are looking to get back your pre-baby body. An idea to consider is joining your local “Mums with Bubs” – an exercise program where you can work out with other mothers and bubs.

Mums with Bubs Fitness

“Mums with Bubs” classes are specifically designed for your needs and your baby. Each class offers a supportive environment targeted towards improving women’s health with specialized activities and exercises where you can aim to regain lost fitness and strength during the postnatal period. Bringing your baby along and working out together also eliminates the stress of watching over your child. Have peace of mind during these classes as they encourage interaction and allow your child to join in on the fun.


“Mums with Bubs” classes are not only aimed at increasing your fitness but it is also a social event. Meet other mothers and share your experiences with them in a fun and rewarding environment. These classes are typically done with 4 mothers and their babies and can run from 40-60 minutes depending on the company you choose. Exercises range from a variety of cardio, strength, core stability and pelvic floor exercises. Classes aim to reshape and tone your body with a focus on strengthening abdominal and pelvic floor muscles.


There are many classes and fitness programs available such as yoga, pilates and even personalised interval training.


Women’s health doesn’t have to be compromised when you are a busy mum. If you wish to have further discussion about your health with one of our doctors, make an appointment at Southgate Medical Centre.

Sleep Myths | Let’s Put To Rest Some Common Myths About Sleep

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Sleep MythsLet’s put to rest some common myths about sleep.

Myths About Sleep

Myth (1) – Your brain is inactive during sleep.

In fact, your brain is very busy. Among its activities is sorting and processing information on what happens each day, then consolidating it into your long term memory. This is essential for learning and memory.

Myth (2) – Sleeping in this weekend can prevent sleep loss effects next week.

Extra sleep helps catch up on lost sleep. But you can’t bank sleep in advance. Sleep loss will always be felt when it happens. To be at your best during the week, you need to keep having a restful night’s sleep.

Myth (3) – A restful night’s sleep requires sleep without waking up.

No, normal sleep is a cycle of deep sleep, light sleep and brief awakenings, repeated several times in the night. What counts is how quickly you go back to sleep after waking up. If you think waking up during the night is abnormal, you might get anxious about it and find it hard to fall back to sleep. Try to relax if you wake up and let sleepiness take over.

Myth (4) – Children who don’t sleep enough are sleepy during the day.

Lack of sleep may not cause a child to feel tired, but can cause other problems such as poor concentration, moodiness and behaving badly. This is a concern, because you might not realise that these problems are due to not sleeping enough.

how to manage insomniaMyth (5) – You need less sleep as you get older.

Certainly children need less sleep as they grow up. But once you’re a young adult, the amount of sleep you need will stay the same for the rest of your life.

Not Sleeping Well?

Are you having trouble sleeping? For more information about sleep visit or book an appointment with one of our mens health and women’s health specialists at Southgate Medical Centre.

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This post is part of the Southgate Medical Centre healthy lifestyles initiative for the Southbank community.

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