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Premenstrual Syndrome

The Cause Of PMS

Premenstrual emotional and physical changes occur in nearly 80% of menstruating women. The symptoms vary from woman to woman and from cycle to cycle. Their intensity ranges from mild to incapacitating. About 20% to 40% of women who have PMS experience symptoms that make life difficult. 2.5% to 5% experience Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder(PMDD) a severe form PMS.

There is no definitive diagnostic test for PMS. A combination of physiological, genetic, nutritional, and behavioral factors are all involved. Although tests may be used to rule out other conditions in women who experience severe symptoms, emotional and physical changes that are in sync with a woman’s menstrual cycle are usually a tell tale sign.

The most important indication of PMS is the cyclic nature of the symptoms. There is usually a symptom-free time period 1 week after menstruation ends however, at least 25% of patients don't have a symptom-free time period. These women should be evaluated for other medical conditions.

The physical, emotional, and psychological changes that occur in PMS coincide with hormonal changes due to the menstrual cycle. They usually occur in response to the declining levels of progesterone just prior to menstruation. Under ideal circumstances, prior to the use of petrochemicals & herbicides & pesticides, our bodies probably stabilized these changes without discomfort. As food sources became contaminated we lost the ability to balance our hormones during PMS. Why? Xenosteroids from our food delivery system actually increase estrogen in our bodies without changing the progesterone levels. This causes a hormonal imbalance. In fact, PMS symptoms may be the bodies innate intelligence telling a women to correct this imbalance. Why? All hormone dependent cancers have been traced to estrogens not progesterone.

Our hormonal imbalance and PMS has steadily increased since the use of petrochemicals. What can we do? Remove petrochemicals and metabolize the estrogen stored in the fat cells which, is where the body retains estrogen, and you remove the overall intensity of this man made syndrome.

Stop eating conventionally farmed foods. Although they may be more affordable, there is plenty of information that shows organic practices and foods are inherently more vital to our bodies. You may not see the benefits immediately, but your body has been accumulating these exogenous substances since you were born. Women are also finding symptomatic relief and a return to good health by utilizing a natural, plant derived, bioidentical progesterone which restores normal hormonal balance. With a strong committment to diet even the natural progesterone will not be needed.

Depression-related symptoms are prevalent in women who suffer PMS. Studies indicate that there may be an underlying psychological condition that causes or contributes to PMS. Approximately 60% of women with major affective disorder (e.g., depression) also have PMS, and more than 30% of women who suffer chronic depression experience their first depressive episode during a time of significant hormonal change (e.g., premenstrual). In one study, between 57% and 100% of women who suffered PMS were found to have had at least one prior major depressive episode, compared to 0% to 20% of women without PMS.

However, PMS encompasses more than depression, and by focusing too much on this aspect, other important physiological factors may be overlooked.

Conventional treatment consists of hormone therapy prescribed for the most benign of symptoms including skin eruption, water retention and bloating to the very debilitating cramps, rage and irritability that can last for hours or days. Women now have alternatives to conventional therapy and can decide if synthetic hormone replacement is the safest and friendliest way to approach these debilitating problems.

Jacques Rossouw, Director of the WHI(Women’s Health Initiative) stated, "There's no real safe time for taking hormones." The "pill" prescribed for birth control is used to confuse and alter the physiology of the body to think it is eternally pregnant. This type of PMS control is under intense debate since the WHI, (Womens Health Initiative) found out that hormone manipulation with artificial agents are causing increased breast and uterine cancers, blood clots and strokes.

What You Can Do To Reduced Premenstrual Symptoms without having to take birth control.

Reducing premenstrual symptoms focuses on relieving symptoms and involves exercise, dietary changes, and supplements.

Exercise has a profound effect on hormones including those involved in the menstrual cycle. Women who exercise experience less anger, depression and other symptoms. Exercise also reduces stress, which elevates PMS symptoms. Women, especially those who experience PMS, are encouraged to exercise 20-45 minutes a day or 3 times a week if daily is not possible.

Stress reduction can help reduce PMS symptoms. Physical trainers and physical therapists can help women incorporate exercise and movement into their lives. A counselor or therapist can provide advice on reducing stress as well. Don't allow yourself or others to think your a basket case just because you're taking control of your PMS.

Just So You Know What Common Premenstrual Symptoms Include:

Mood-related ("affective") symptoms
  • Depression
  • Sadness
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Irritability
  • Frequent and severe mood swings.
Mental process ("cognitive") symptoms
  • Decreased concentration
  • Indecision.
Pain and associated discomfort
  • Headache
  • Breast tenderness
  • Joint and muscle pain
Nervous system symptoms
  • Insomnia (sleeplessness)
  • Hypersomnia (sleeping for abnormally long periods of time)
  • Anorexia
  • Food cravings
  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Agitation
  • A change in sex drive
  • Clumsiness
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Paresthesia (prickling or tingling sensation)
Gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Palpitations (rapid fluttering of the heart)
  • Sweating.
Fluid and electrolyte symptoms
  • Bloating
  • Weight gain
  • Oliguria (reduced urination)
Skin symptoms
  • Acne
  • Oily skin
  • Greasy or dry hair.

Natural alternatives for PMS

Herbal Formula (ProSoothe)

ProSoothe an all-natural herbal formula which contains several herbs that work together (synergistically) to reduce premenstrual symptoms by balancing your hormones.

This natural herbal formula supports a women's body during premenstrual syndrome allowing a women's body the strength and hormonal balance to overcome PMS without harmful hormone manipulation or pharmacuetical suppression.

Also found in this synergistic herbal formula is dandelion that helps the body remove exogenous,(external estrogen)from hormone therapy or contaminated food,(xenosteroids).

Bioidenitcal Progesterone Cream (Progensa 20)

For many women natural progesterone cream provides significant relief from the symptoms related to shifts in estrogen and progesterone which happen during PMS. It is known that transdermal application allows for easier absorption than any oral medication or supplement. Natural bioidentical progesterone provides a safe, pleasant and efficient way to help the body help itself. It is the way nature designed the body to work.

Studies indicate that bioidentical progesterone curbs hormonal imbalances associated with PMS. In 1999 trials at St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, bioidentical progesterone creams reduced or eliminated PMS symptoms. Other clinical trials have shown premenstrual irritability, menstrual cramps, breast pain & depression to be significantly improved by the use of bioidentical progesterone.

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