Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

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

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