PMS is a variety of psychological, behavioural and physical symptoms that usually occur in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. This is 2 weeks before you get a period. The luteal phase of the cycle is when most of the progesterone is being made. This is dependent on the follicular phase which is when the follicle is forming 2 weeks before ovulation.
- Abdominal bloating
- Breast tenderness
- Anger and Irritability
Symptoms may change from month to month and depends on diet, exercise, hydration level etc.
The conventional method is to put women on the birth control pill but this does not treat the root cause. It’s important to look at the adrenals, thyroid, diet, lifestyle, liver function and sugar regulation. All of these things can cause symptoms of PMS.
Risk factors that contribute to PMS:
- High caffeine intake
- History of depression
- Low levels of magnesium and B vitamins just to name a few
Tools that I use to alleviate PMS are homeopathy, acupuncture, herbs, diet and bio-identical hormones. IV therapy to replenish any nutrient deficiencies is also beneficial.