PMS

PMS

Premenstrual symptoms (PMS) refers to a wide variety of symptoms that generally occur in the week preceding menstruation. Approximately 80% of women suffer from some form of PMS and many turn to muscle relaxants, diuretics, oral contraceptives and pain killers to ease the discomfort. There are thought to be groups of symptoms that generally occur together based on specific hormonal imbalances and lifestyle factors. Some women experience symptoms that come from more than one category.

PMS – A (Anxiety)


    Anxiety
    Anger
    Irritability
    Edgy
    Sensitive to criticism/rejection
    Low self-esteem
    Mood swings

PMS – C (Cravings)

    Cravings for carbohydrates, chocolate, sweets
    Increased appetite
    Headaches
    Dizzy/light headed
    Heart palpitations
    Flushing
    Loose bowel movements

PMS-D (Depression)

    Low mood
    Fatigue, exhaustion
    Sluggish
    Disinterest in social activities
    Disinterest in working out
    Restless sleep

PMS – W (water retention)

    Breast swelling, tenderness
    Bloating
    Swelling of feet/hands/face

Remember, these are general categories and do not include every possible symptom. For example, many women have an increased incidence of yeast infection, cold sore outbreaks, bowel changes and cramping. Naturopathic Medicine offers treatments to rebalance hormones, reduce stress, relax muscles and support the body during this time.

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