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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome includes a wide variety of emotional and physical symptoms experienced by a woman a week or two before the start of menstruation. More than three quarters of women suffer from some form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

How natural remedies can help you

Until recently, premenstrual complaints were considered to be "all in a woman's mind." It is now widely recognized that PMS is real and treatable. There are many highly effective natural remedies that can help resolve the physical and emotional symptoms of PMS.

A thorough case history will be performed to establish your symptom profile, i.e. what type or types of PMS are predominating and the extent to which it is interfering with your life. Diet and lifestyle will also be assessed and specific herbs and nutrients may be prescribed to correct any underlying deficiencies and hormonal imbalances. These natural approaches work extremely well and can make a huge difference in relieving PMS and preventing it from coming back. In fact, diet alone is one of the most important factors in both creating and managing PMS.

Flower essences are particularly useful during the premenstrual phase because emotions tend to be heightened and exaggerated. These remedies help to take the edge off symptoms and provide emotional support.

Book in for a Bella Wellbeing Naturopathic Consultation today and say goodbye to your PMS!

Common PMS Symptoms:

There are over 150 different symptoms that have been classed as PMS. It is not so much the symptom a woman presents with, but when that is important in diagnosing this condition.

In order to make classification of PMS easier, Dr Guy Abraham an American gynecologist and obstetrician, established a system of categories for the different types of PMS symptoms. Woman may have a combination of these symptoms, in varying degrees and may not necessarily have all of the symptoms in any one category.

Type A - Anxiety

This category includes symptoms such as mood swings, irritability, anxiety and tension. Up to 80% of women can experience these symptoms making this the most common type of PMS.

Type C - Cravings

This category includes cravings for sweets or chocolates, increased appetite, fatigue and headaches. Up to 60% of women can experience these kinds of symptoms leading up to the period.

Type D - Depression

Depression is the largest symptom in this category but it can also include confusion, forgetfulness, clumsiness, withdrawal, lack of co-ordination and crying spells. Only 5% of women experience these symptoms.

Type H - Hyper-hydration

This category includes symptoms such as water retention, breast tenderness and enlargement, abdominal bloating and weight gain. Up to 40% of women can experience these changes.

Type P - Pains

This category includes generalised aches and pains, aggravation of musculoskeletal and back pain, migraines, headaches, and painful periods. Reduced pain tolerance is also a feature in this category, possibly caused by stress, anxiety and depression as these factors can amplify pain and cause increased pain sensitivity.