Vitamin E pill 'eases pain of PMS by up to two-thirds'

A capsule containing a cocktail of ­essential oils and vitamins could make PMS less painful for millions of women – not to mention the men in their lives.

In tests, the natural supplement cut monthly symptoms by up to two-thirds, with minimal side-effects. It is thought the pills, which contain a mixture of healthy fats and vitamin E, make the body less sensitive to a hormone blamed for much of the misery of pre-menstrual syndrome.

Although PMS is often viewed as a minor inconvenience, it affects around three-quarters of women – and up to 40 per cent of those say it damages their quality of life. In extreme cases, women can become violent and suffer from severe depression.

There is also an economic impact, with research suggesting that time off and loss of productivity due to the syndrome annually costs employers around £3,000 per female employee. Treatments range from simple dietary changes to hormones and anti-depressants. But they do not work for all and, in the case of drugs, can have side-effects.

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  1. Premenstrual syndrome lasts up to two weeks prior to menstruation. It's hard for women to have this one. Vitamin E can help ease the pain.