The Hormones of PMS


Dr. Natalie MacIsaac, ND

Although we have all heard of PMS we still have a limited understanding of the complexity of hormonal interactions that create the long list of symptoms that women can experience each month – some with more drama than others. The signs can be mild to severe – from weight gain and cramps to depression and insomnia.  If you suffer from any signs of PMS, you may want to take a close look at your hormones levels.

Each hormone in our body has signs associated with deficiency or excess and many of those symptoms can overlap.  An example of this is fatigue: it is a very common PMS symptom that can be due to too much estrogen, not enough estrogen, too much DHEA, not enough thyroid hormone, etc…it can get complicated.

Feeling healthy and balanced each month is possible once you determine the cause of the imbalance. This is where naturopathic medicine excels.  Our goal is to find why the imbalance happens and then treat the individual with the most effective and least invasive solutions.  Ask your naturopathic physician about hormone testing and treatment, and say good-bye to PMS.

Common causes of PMS:

  • Overwork
  • Imbalanced sleep
  • Constipation
  • IBS
  • Thyroid imbalance
  • Dietary deficiencies – healthy fats, fiber, magnesium, etc
  • Dietary restrictions
  • Emotional stress
  • Inflammation

Common PMS symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Cramps
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Emotional
  • Anxiety/depression
  • Acne
  • Weight gain
  • Food cravings – salt, sweet…
  • Temperature changes
  • Faint or dizzy spells
  • Libido changes
  • Yeast infections