Over 60% of women worldwide suffer monthly from mood swings to bloating because of post menstrual syndrome. A quarter of these women exhibit severe PMS symptoms such as insomnia, mild depression, and excessive fluid retention. However, the problem is so common that most accept it as “normal”. Another 8% of women suffer from what is known as PMDD, premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Women can usually deal with PMS symptoms on their own; however, they might need doctor’s help to combat the symptoms of PMDD.
What are PMS and PMDD?
PMS and PMDD are caused by low levels of serotonin in the blood, a vital element responsible for enabling transmission of nerve signals through the body. The symptoms are very similar for both yet are much more severe when it comes to PMDD. For example, with PMS you might be experiencing stomach cramps that could go away after you take painkiller pills. With PMDD the cramps can be so painful that ordinary painkillers won’t relieve the pain.
What causes PMS and PMDD?
PMS is caused by misbalance of two main hormones in the body of a woman, estrogen and progesterone. These hormone imbalances can be caused by an unhealthy diet that includes a high volume of caffeine and dairy intake. Plus, a lot of pesticides contain estrogen traces, and when consumed can negatively affect the hormone production pattern in the body. Alcohol consumption plays an important part as it tends to damage the liver over a prolonged period thus preventing it from releasing excess estrogen hormone.
How to deal with PMS and PMDD?
Firstly, eliminate other illnesses that could be causing similar symptoms. Check to see if you might be having;
- Panic disorder
- Clinical depression
- Menopause if your age is suitable
Usually, gynecologists diagnose PMS or PMDD if you are experiencing the same symptoms for more than 3-period cycles without having been diagnosed with above-mentioned illnesses.
Secondly, once you are sure that you are suffering from PMS think about taking natural treatments instead of the popular physician prescribed ones. These can include;
- Prozac or Xanax for depression
- Yaz or Yasmine for estrogen control
- Ibuprofen or Tylenol for pain
- Danazol for PMDD
Danazol should be taken very carefully because it can stop ovulation all together and negatively impact women’s ability to conceive in future.
Natural ways to prevent PMS and PMDD
1.Change your diet
The first step would be to eliminate refined and processed foods, including sugar and flour. Cutting down caffeine and alcohol will boost your kidneys in no time helping your body balance out the hormones. Instead, make your diet reach in proteins; eat plenty of lean chicken breast and eggs. Divide your meals evenly through the day so that your body has enough energy to function properly through the day. Prepare healthy snacks to take with you to work or university. This can include a fruit such as a banana or an orange. Ground flax seeds do wonders in balancing out your hormones too. Eat more fish rich in omega-3 fats such as salmon and herring.
2. Consider taking vitamin and mineral supplements
These can help you increase your hormone metabolism and ease the painful cramps.
- Vitamin B12 and B6
- Fish Oil
You could also try plant-based remedies, here are some examples;
a) Take 200g of Dandelion roots and add 1 liter of boiling water to them. Let sit for about 6 hours, then filter and drink half a cup per day. This will detoxify your liver and help get rid of excess estrogen in the blood.
b) Add wild yam extract to meals to release PMS cramps
c) Probiotic supplements balance the live bacteria in the gut and so help maintain a normal metabolism
As you can see above, PMS and PMDD are not as scary as they sound and you are definitely not alone in your monthly battles. With a little more attention to your lifestyle, you could easily forget about the less than favorable symptoms of PMS and PMDD.
Visit our previous post on PM Taction here
We got this great info from a number of sources and people. We want to thank our post sponsor, www.towboise.com a Boise Towing Service
To sponsor or contribute to our blog, please contact us