Water retention refers to a condition wherein fluid accumulates in the body abnormally. This fluid stays in the circulatory system, in the body tissues, or in the cavities of the body. Another term used for water retention is fluid retention.
Water retention is a fairly common condition, especially with women, when it is around that time of the month. In many cases, water retention near the time when a woman is about to have her period is considered minor and can be treated at home. One of the most common ways to treat this condition is to increase your water intake. That may seem counterintuitive, but is actually effective because of the fact that water retention usually happens when the body’s water levels are low - in short, when the body is dehydrated. Another way to treat minor water retention is to decrease your intake of salt. Avoid processed foods and use as little salt when cooking as possible. Combine these two things, and you will be able to get rid of the problem.
Alternatively, you may take diuretics. These are agents that cause your body to get rid of water. Coffee is a natural diuretic, so you might want to drink more of that. The same goes for cranberry juice. There are also diuretic pills that can be bought at the drugstore. In most cases, however, you will have to ask your doctor for a prescription. If you suffer from water retention for more than a week and chronically, it is time to pay your doctor a visit anyway to determine the underlying cause.