DO YOU SUFFER FROM PMS?
By Carolyn Gorman
What is PMS?
PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) is a specific disorder associated with a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms which occur regularly prior to a woman's menstruation. These symptoms include:
How is PMS Diagnosed?
PMS can be diagnosed by a physician when multiple symptoms occur regularly. Diagnostic tools may include:
When is PMS a Problem?
Mild PMS symptoms can occur for years after puberty without the woman realizing there is a problem. However, they can become exacerbated by any of the following:
These symptoms and additional stressors can create a "rain barrel" effect.
LACK OF EXERCISE
IMPURE FOOD AND WATER
POLLEN MOLDS DUST
INFECTION AND ILLNESS
Your total body stressor can be compared to a "rain barrel". When you "rain barrel" overflows due to too many stress factors, your immune system is compromised, and your body reacts.
How is PMS Treated?
There are many things a woman can do to reduce the symptoms of PMS including:
Dietary & Nutritional Plan:
Vitamin & Mineral Supplements:
A, B, C and E vitamins; Cis-linoleic acid; Magnesium; Potassium; Calcium; & Zinc.
Discuss PMS with your physician. Various medications are often prescribed to control symptoms including vaginal hormone suppositories for hormone deficiencies. Supplements should be naturally occurring hormones in a water-base gel. Avoid dyes and petrochemicals.
Hormones neutralizing doses can be taken up to 4 times a day during the cycle:
NEUTRALIZATION DOSE THERAPY FOLLOWS HORMONE CYCLES
Hormone production coincides with the menstrual cycle which usually averages 28 days for most women, but may vary from 20 to 45. The cycle begins with the onset of menstruation. Estrogen production begins on day 4 and increases, reaching its peak just before mid-cycle. Leutenizing Hormone begins on day 10 and increases until menses when it decreases significantly. Progesterone production begins on day 14; and if pregnancy doesn't occur with the next 14 days, it then drops rapidly. PMS symptoms often begin mid-way through the cycle and continue until menstruation begins.