Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) affects a high percentage of women of childbearing age, and many women feel mood swings in the days leading up to menstruation.
And while menstrual symptoms such as irritability, anger and mood swings are a monthly annoyance for most women, severe premenstrual syndrome can be emotionally debilitating for some people.
Fortunately, premenstrual syndrome treatment with medications and lifestyle changes can help women control mood swings and other emotional difficulties.
The real causes of premenstrual syndrome
The real cause of premenstrual syndrome is simply this: your hormones become unbalanced, your estrogen levels rise and your progesterone levels decrease, relatively or absolutely.
There are many things that promote these hormonal imbalances, such as a diet high in sugar, refined carbohydrates, caffeine, stress, dairy products, hormones in dairy products and meat, and estrogen-like toxins from pesticides and pollution.
Alcohol also contributes to problems because it damages the liver and prevents it from excreting excess estrogen.
Constipation and imbalances in intestinal bacteria can worsen the situation, since they lead to the reabsorption of estrogen from the gut to your blood, even after the liver has tried to get rid of it.
Your body also needs exercise to help balance hormones. So, if you are not moving your body enough, it is likely that this is also part of the problem.
Why Should I Stop PMS Forever?
In addition to all the unpleasant symptoms and a blocked metabolism, if it is not properly balanced, the dominance of estrogen can cause endometriosis, fibroids, cancers related to hormones (such as breast cancer) and metabolic syndrome.
Treatment of Premenstrual Syndrome Symptoms, From Mild To Severe
Fortunately, good research shows that there are many ways to balance hormones, without medication. Here is my plan to prevent PMS and PMDD.
Although some of my suggestions may seem harsh, science shows that they work. Try them and you will see in just one or two cycles how much better you feel.
For many women, changes in lifestyle can be a successful part of PMS treatment. For women with severe premenstrual syndrome, medication may be necessary.
The following PMS treatment options can help stabilize mood swings and improve a woman’s emotional health in the weeks leading up to menstruation:
Physical activity can lift your spirits and improve depression. It is believed that endorphins (chemicals in the brain that feel good during exercise) can help counteract some of the hormonal changes that can trigger severe premenstrual syndrome.
Exercise can also increase energy and help with cramping and bloating, which can help you feel better. Aerobic exercise is recommended, such as walking, running, cycling or swimming.
Small and frequent meals.
Eating small meals during the day instead of two or three large meals can also help relieve the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
A large meal, particularly one high in carbohydrates, can cause changes in blood sugar, which could worsen premenstrual syndrome.
Low blood sugar can contribute to the episodes of crying and irritability that are often seen in women with severe premenstrual syndrome.
Try to eat six small meals a day to keep your blood sugar levels constant.
In a 2009 double-blind clinical trial of university women with premenstrual syndrome, those who supplemented their diet with 500 milligrams of calcium twice a day had significantly less depression and fatigue than those who did not.
Avoid caffeine, alcohol and sweets.
Staying away from coffee and other caffeinated beverages for two weeks before your period can make a difference in your mood because caffeine can increase anxiety, nervousness and insomnia.
Reducing alcohol consumption can also be useful because alcohol acts as a depressant. And staying away from sweets, sodas and other sugary foods, especially in the week before your period, can help alleviate the severe symptoms of premenstrual syndrome by preventing mood swings associated with blood sugar fluctuations.
Stress can worsen the severe symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, so finding ways to ease the slip can help treat premenstrual syndrome.
Try relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing and yoga. It has also been found that individual or group therapy is an effective treatment for PMS for women with severe mood swings and debilitating emotional changes.
It has been shown that antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) that change serotonin levels in the brain are useful for women with severe PMS and PMDD.
Talk with your doctor about which of these approaches might work best for any moderate or severe emotional symptoms of PMS that you are experiencing.
In general, it is unfortunate that hormonal imbalances are often “treated” with a hormone replacement therapy.
It is not uncommon for doctors to prescribe birth control pills or other synthetic hormones to treat their symptoms.
By now you know that this does NOT solve the underlying problem. Many of the symptoms caused by hormones can be corrected naturally by first addressing diet and lifestyle before resorting to medications.