• Lydia Cotter

Combating PMS


Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) affects up to 90% of women with 40% dealing with symptoms distressing enough to interfere with their everyday lives.

With over 150 known symptoms including: irritability, bloating, headaches, anxiety, depression, fatigue, super tender breasts, carb and sugar cravings, skin breakouts or constipation....it's no wonder that we can feel out of sorts!

Types of PMS

There are four types of PMS which differ based on the symptoms. Many women experience symptoms from all categories so don't stress out if you tick all the boxes.

PMS-A (Anxiety)

Anxiety is the most common PMS symptom in PMS-A. One day you can be feeling fine, the next overwhelmed, panicked, unable to take a breath and moody.

Typical symptoms associated with PMS-A include:

  • anxiety

  • irritability

  • mood swings

  • nervous tension

  • weepiness

  • paranoia

PMS-C (Cravings)

Many women's eating patterns change to serious binging and cravings for foods like chocolate, cake, biscuits, chips and ice cream (basically the foods they may try to avoid the rest of the month).

Other symptoms of PMS-C include:

  • headaches

  • fatigue

  • moodiness

  • irritability

PMS-D (Depression)

There's an increased depressed feeling that takes over before the period commences.

Other symptoms of PMS-D include:

  • memory loss

  • insomnia

  • confusion

  • tearfulness

  • social withdrawal

  • suicidal thoughts or actions

PMS-H (Hyperhydration)

Hyperhydration means the body holds onto excess fluid so you feel bloated, develop severe breast tenderness and often feel like you've gained 10kg in weight.

Other symptoms of PMS-H include:

  • water retention

  • swelling

  • bloating

  • breast tenderness

  • weight gain

Why does PMS get so chaotic?

Dealing with so many PMS symptoms can feel chaotic and make knowing where to start a daunting task. The good news is there's often common underlying theme with all the PMS types.

PMS is typically a sign of hormonal imbalance between oestrogen and progesterone. This over dominance of oestrogen or progesterone disrupts the harmony of the hormones, triggering exacerbations in PMS symptoms.

Other common culprits include imbalanced blood sugar, low vitamin B6, depletion in magnesium or zinc, high cortisol, irregularities in DHEA, elevated thyroid hormones and high aldosterone.

How to combat PMS

A good place to start is conducting a hormone profile functional test to determine the hormonal imbalances which may be causing havoc on your body. The results obtained from the test make it easy to individualise the treatment in order to establish optimal hormone balance so you're feeling great again!

If you want to reduce your PMS symptoms, talk to Lydia today for a comprehensive assessment and therapeutic plan to help rebalance the body.

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