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Premenstrual Symptoms

PMS is a hormonal disorder characterized by:
  • A regularly recurring group of symptoms which occur from two to 14 days before your menstrual period, usually disappearing after the period begins, followed by a symptom-free time in each monthly cycle.
  • These regularly recurring symptoms and their timing in the menstrual cycle typify PMS.

Do I Have PMS?

PMS symptoms are as individual as the women suffering from them. More than 150 symptoms have been associated with PMS.

What Causes PMS?

As of yet, no universally agreed upon cause of PMS has been identified.

Some suggested causes include:
  • Nutritional factors
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Progesterone deficiency
  • Excess prolactin (a pituitary hormone)
  • Stress

Managing PMS

The first step toward taking charge of your PMS symptoms is a self-care plan that includes a healthy diet, regular, moderate exercise, stress reduction, and a nutrional supplement.

Some women find that self-care isn't enough to manage their PMS. Natural progesterone cream is an option in those cases.

Usually Natural progesterone is taken during the second half of the menstrual cycle, from ovulation until your period beings.

Bioidentical Progesterone

The hormone progesterone is recommended to supplement a woman's production of the hormone. Bioidentical progesterone is identical to what your body produces, Synthetic progestins, found in oral contraceptives and frequently prescribed for menopausal women, can suppress ovulation and lower your body's output of the natural hormone. Synthetic progestins often intensify, rather relieve, PMS symptoms.

Bioidentical progesterone and synthetic progestins cannot be used interchangeably. They have different chemical structures and very different effects in the body.

To protect the uterine lining from continuous stimulation by estrogen, most physicians prescribing standard ERT combine it with Provera. If you ask them if it is progesterone, they’ll probably even tell you "it is" when, it is not! It is medroxyprogesterone acetate, which is natural progesterone altered by the addition of a molecule to make it patentable and more orally absorbable. This molecule alters Provera’s effect on tissues other than the uterus.

Many women discontinue ERT because they don’t like the way it makes them feel—irritable and often depressed. In contrast, bioidentical progesterone is often called the feel-good hormone because it elevates mood and is calming. Women who have experienced mood swings and migraine headaches on Provera often notice complete resolution of these symptoms when switched to bioidentical progesterone. In addition, bioidentical progesterone was found to have the best effect on HDL cholesterol in the PEPI trial. This trial is the largest to date to include bioidentical progesterone. Unfortunately, the WHI did not include an arm with progesterone, only Provera. If it had, we think the results would have been very different. Bioidentical progesterone can also act as a natural diuretic, in contrast to Provera which often causes fluid retention and bloating.

There is, however, an even more compelling reason to avoid using Provera. It comes from recent studies by a number of different researchers, and thus is unlikely to be disproved. These researchers showed that Provera can reverse by 50% the coronary artery-dilating effect of estrogens and that progesterone does not have this negative effect.

This may explain the results of the HERS trial that is often quoted in the press as showing that estrogen does not protect the heart as was thought. In this large, prospective trial, the progestin used was Provera, not progesterone. The early slight increase in heart attacks in women with established cardiovascular disease could have resulted from the negative effect of Provera on the coronary arteries. (The other probable reason for the increase in heart attacks in the first year of therapy is that the oral estrogen caused a greater propensity to clotting and in women with arteries already narrowed from atherosclerosis this can cause coronary clots--heart attacks.)

Natural Herbs for Premenstrual Syndrome/Balance

Premenstrual Formula contains the following herbs and vitamin to naturally bring you back into balance and reduce your symptoms of Premenstrual syndrome.

Pyridoxal 5' phosphate (activated B6)-Provides essential nutrient that help to ease Pms related depression, inflammation and pain.
Vitex (chaste tree)-Works synergistically with the other herbs to smooth out hormonal fluctuation.
Dioscorea (wild yam) extract (root)-Reduces irritability and mood swings.
Dandelion extract (root)-Reduces water retention and is rich in vitamins the building blocks for the body to regulate itself.
Bupleurum extract-Reduces fatigue and depression
Zingiber officinale (ginger)-Reduces bloating and stomach upset.

Recommended Herbs:

Bioidentical Progesterone Cream
Naturall Premenstrual Relief
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