Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

PMS is the medical term used to describe the collection of different mental and physical problems that may occur during the second half of the menstrual cycle. There are many different possible symptoms but the important clue is not their nature but the cyclical timing of the symptoms.

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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) occurs in at least 60 per cent of all women to some degree. It is most likely to occur in women in their 30's, though it can occur as early as adolescence and as late as the pre-menopausal years. Long ago, in another generation women experiencing symptoms of PMS or menopause were often accused of insanity and even institutionalised. 

(PMS) presents with a vast range of symptoms characteristic of Oestrogen dominance. Symptoms include:

  • Abdominal bloating/cramping
  • Lethargy
  • Migraines
  • Nausea
  • Breast swelling/tenderness
  • Bruising
  • Rage
  • Confusion
  • Salt Cravings
  • Depression
  • Sex drive change
  • Mood swings
  • Loss of confidence
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Heart palpitations
  • Accident proneness
  • Herpes
  • Acne
  • Hives
  • Aggression
  • Insomnia (sleeplessness)
  • Alcohol intolerance
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Joint swelling and pain
  • Asthma
  • Sweet cravings
  • Urinary difficulties

If nothing is done to interrupt PMS it often gets worse over time. In the early stages of PMS women describe symptoms that arrive a few days before their menstrual period and stop abruptly when the bleeding starts. Over time the symptoms that begin pre-menstrually gradually extend to one to two weeks before the onset of menses. This can eventually lead to women having only two to three days of the month that they are symptom free.

Natural Progesterone in combination with lifestyle changes often produces profound improvements in PMS symptoms. In their capacity as neurotransmitters, Oestrogen and Progesterone clearly effect mood. Oestrogen, if unopposed by Progesterone, tends to irritate the nervous system and given our Oestrogen dominant environment PMS is increasing if frequency. Oestrogen Dominance Progesterone on the other hand, is associated with tranquillity. Huge numbers of Progesterone receptors are present in the Limbic centre of the brain, this area is primarily responsible for moods and emotions. Those who seem to do best on natural Progesterone treatment are those who experience rapid mood changes after ovulation. The feeling of being under a dark cloud lifts as soon as they menstruate.

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Dr John Lee states that women with PMS tend to have lower Progesterone than normal at that time of their cycle when Progesterone is supposed to be dominant, so that oestrogen is dominant instead. Using natural progesterone in the right time of the cycle, in the right amount for the individual and the right nutritional supplement as indicated by their symptoms effectively treats PMS Progesterone.

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