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If you suffer from premenstrual tension, or PMT, keep a symptoms diary for 2 to 3 months; record when your periods begin and end, how you feel (bloated? headachy?) and what foods you crave. Report your findings to your doctor.

To combat mood swings, irritability and fatigue, eat a low-fat, high-fibre diet. Include four helpings of wholegrain breads and cereals a day and plenty of leafy green vegetables and fresh fruits; replace fatty red meat with fish and poultry.

See your doctor, who may try to balance out your hormonal levels by prescribing progesterone, to be taken during the second half of your menstrual cycle.

Try taking Vitamin B6 and Oil of Evening Primrose during the last fortnight of your menstrual cycle. They help to reduce headaches and irritability.

Do aerobic exercise - take a brisk walk, dance or skip with a rope - for 20 minutes every day or for 30 minutes four times a week.