“I go through a rollercoaster of emotions, ranging from tearfulness jealousy, depression, irritability and rage”. These are words I frequently hear from women I treat and who experience pre-menstrual syndrome “PMS”.
After a few months of treatment they happily report back and say “I hardly notice any symptoms” or “they are now more manageable”.
PMS will affect almost all women to some degree during their life. Symptoms can vary for each individual, for example, some women might not experience anything until their late 30s and others might experience symptoms as soon as their periods begin. Luckily for most women the symptoms can be managed but for others the symptoms can be so severe it can affect their every day life and relationships.
Thankfully, PMS is now a recognised condition, unlike many years ago when women were told “it’s all in your mind and there’s nothing wrong with you”. The reason so many women experience this roller coaster of emotions is due to the falling levels of oestrogen and progesterone prior to a period.
For some, symptoms can be on a physical level alone such as feeling bloated (caused by fluid retention), headaches, tender breasts, abdominal pain and lower back pain. Others might experience symptoms on an emotional level e.g. extreme mood swings, irritability, depression, a feeling of sadness and crying at the least thing and also extreme tiredness. Others can experience symptoms on both the physical and emotional levels which and this is where everyday life can be affected.
Fortunately there are things that can be done to help alleviate symptoms:-
- Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables and whole grains
- Eat at regular intervals to keep the blood sugar from fluctuating
- Rest and relaxation where possible
- Increase exercise, it can be gentle such as going for a walk, yoga, meditation, swimming or just getting outside. This helps to reduce cramps.
- Reduce salt intake and increase fluids which helps prevent bloating
- Talk to someone about how you feel a best friend or your partner.
If PMS impacts your life and you would like to feel better and regain control please feel free to contact me to discuss how I work with you using homeopathy, to help to rebalance your hormones which can also help if you are trying for a baby.