|What is PMS?
PMS is a disorder characterized by a set of hormonal changes that trigger disruptive symptoms for up to two weeks prior to menstruation. Often symptoms tend to taper off with menstruation and women remain symptom-free until the two weeks or so prior to the next menstrual period. Then the symptoms begin again.
Many symptoms have been attributed to PMS. After complaints of feeling “out-of-control”, anxious, depressed and having uncontrollable crying spells, the most common complaints are headache and fatigue. But symptoms may vary from month to month and there may even be symptom-free months. Symptoms may be both physical and emotional. Symptoms usually occur 2 weeks prior to onset of the menstrual cycle.
- Headache - Migraine - Depression
- Abdominal cramping
- Fluid retention
- Weight gain
- Heart palpitations
Emotional & Behavioral Symptoms
- Lack of coordination
- Lowered libido
- Decreased work or social performance
- Panic attacks
- Feelings of being “out of control”
PMS seems to be related to fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone levels in the body. The following are considered as causes of PMS:
• Estrogen-progesterone imbalance (Estrogen dominance)
• Stress and higher levels of cortisol (cortisol competes with progesterone for common
• Carbohydrate metabolism changes
• Retention of sodium and water by the kidneys
• hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
The following recommendations can help reduce the occurrence of PMS symptoms.
• Correct estrogen dominance with Natural Progesterone Crème
• Regular exercise (3 to 5 times each week)
• Eat a plant – based, fiber-rich diet of fresh, organic vegetables and fruits, nuts, seeds,
whole grains and legumes.
• Get Adequate sleep and rest
• Take a daily multivitamin/mineral that includes zing (10 mg), B complex (all of the B
vitamins), vitamin C (500-1000 mg), magnesium (300-400 mg) and Vitamin E (400 IU). In
addition take vitamin B6 (50 mg).
• Take Borage Oil or Evening Primrose Oil to treat symptoms (400 mg GLA oils once or
Don’t give up! According to Dr. Lee, it may take up to 3 months of consistent use of progesterone crème to see results, although many women report feeling better in a very short time. Then continue using your natural progesterone to keep your hormones balanced.