PMS Relief & How YOU can take CONTROL of your CYCLE
Many women dread that time of the month as they hide behind the curtains of their room, covers drawn, curled up on their bed in agony.
Not this again.
Constant anxiety fills their minds as they await the week prior for mood swings, bloating, headaches, and cravings.
Three in four women will have premenstrual syndrome, often known as PMS.
That makes two weeks out of the month miserable. 50% of the month is miserable unless of course you are pregnant then that is a whole other case.
What if I told you there was a solution to this pain and agony. What if you didn’t have to constantly suffer? This would reduce missed days at work, popping pain relief medications like it’s candy, and might even save a few marriages because let’s face it no one is feeling dandy when you’re in pain.
Common PMS SYMPTOMS
3. Painful Cramps
4. Mood swings
6. Breast tenderness
7. Appetite changes
9. Weight gain
10. Sleep disturbances
It is important to address the mind and body. Even though it might be hard to believe but mindset play a very important role in regulation of your cycle. Stress can influence your hormones and send you on an roller-coaster of symptoms.
Things to Ask Yourself & to Consider During your Journey
Have I been on birth control and for how long?
Are my cycles regular?
Do I tend to eat healthy or do I eat processed foods?
Do I exercise?
Am I overweight?
It can take well over 120 days to see changes depending on how long you have had these symptoms for. The eggs overturn every 120 days so it is important to look back at your cycle and see if what happened three months ago. How was your diet three months ago? How were your stress levels? You need to look at the overall big picture to see what your patterns are and what changes you can make to not only reduce PMS symptoms but change the underlying hormonal issues.
If you have spotting in the initial days of your period that indicates progesterone issues. Fertility and menstruation are controlled by certain hormones and progesterone is very important. It prepares the endometrium for a potential pregnancy and determines if a pregnancy will hold by increasing levels if an egg is fertilized. Estradiol is the queen of the menstrual cycle and helps with gut flora, so if you have gut issues you may be experience a cascade of events affecting your menstrual cycle. Estradiol is responsible to maintain the eggs inside the ovaries and during the cycle, the follicles on the ovaries secrete estradiol which leads to a surge in luteinizing hormone and induces ovulation. Estradiol and progesterone work together in implantation to prepare for pregnancy. Estradiol helps maintain pregnancy and more research is pointing towards its role in initiating labor.
Research shows that diet can influence how the menstrual cycle is. According to Balbi and collegues, “The risk factors for this pathology are early menarche, long and heavy menstrual flow, and lower consumption of fish, eggs, and fruit” (Balbi et al). Looking at your diet, exercise levels, and stress can influence how your hormones are regulated and in turn affect your menstrual cycle. Take simple steps to start making a change and remember that healing is a journey and it may take three to four cycles to see the change so make sure you stick with it.
Influence of menstrual factors and dietary habits on menstrual pain in adolescence age.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10869786
The Normal Menstrual Cycle and the Control of Ovulation https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279054/