This guest blog post was written by Sabina Braverman, MPA, with tips from a group of phenomenal and passionate practitioners from around the world.
Disclaimer: the information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not designed to replace individualized recommendations from a practitioner. Always check with your doctor before adding supplements or making changes to your treatment plan.
PMS. Three letters that come with a host of symptoms, ranging from the emotional to the physical, typically starting one to two weeks before menstruation.
With the first ever National Period Day coming up on October 19th, we thought it was a great time to provide some education around this syndrome, which 90% of women report having during their cycles.
Read on to learn more about the signs and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), as well as to discover some natural tips for symptom relief from eleven brilliant practitioners.
"The symptoms of PMS can be physical and emotional"
What is PMS?
What are the Symptoms of PMS?
Physical symptoms of PMS include:
- Tender Breasts
- Hormonal Acne
- Abdominal Pain
Emotional symptoms of PMS include:
- Angry Outbursts
- Crying Spells
- Social Withdrawal
- Appetite Changes
- Decreased Sex Drive
How Do I Know If I Have PMS?
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a provider must be able to identify a specific pattern of symptoms to diagnose a woman with PMS.
These symptoms must:
- Be present in the five days before menstruation, for three consecutive menstrual cycles.
- Interfere with some normal activities.
- Conclude within four days after the start of menstruation.
ACOG recommends keeping a thorough record of symptoms for at least 2-3 months to help your doctor come to a diagnosis.
Need help with tracking your symptoms? Here are some free resources that you can use to get started!
NOTE: PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) is a more serious form of PMS, which is known to affect less than 5% of women of childbearing age.
Peace Out, PMS
Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Caleigh Sumner (ND), asserts that you must “be compassionate with yourself. Sometimes people deserve that extra dose of sassiness! But if they don’t, up your protein intake in the second half of your cycle. The vitamin B6 content in lean meats is helpful for combating PMS.”
Registered nurse and founder of Holistic Health Code, Megan Tantillo (RN), says you should “test your hormones on days 3 and 21 of your cycle. PMS is often caused by hormonal imbalance which can be remedied. You don’t have to suffer, girlfriend!”
About The Practitioners
In case you missed it, be sure to download our “How to Have Happy Hormones” guide today for some more tips about topics like Dysmenorrhea, Endometriosis, Hormonal Acne, PCOS, Perimenopause, and PMS.
Thank you to the wonderful women that made this booklet possible!
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