PMS or Premenstrual Syndrome
What is premenstrual syndrome?
Premenstrual syndrome or PMS is the occurrence of physical and mood symptoms about 1-2 weeks before the onset of the monthly period. Although mild, premenstrual syndrome can be a normal occurrence during the menstrual life of a healthy woman. The more severe symptoms occur about 10 years before menopause, most typically from the late 30’s to late 40’s. Younger women, in their teens, 20’s and 30’s can also suffer severe premenstrual syndrome from various causes. Regardless of when it occurs, premenstrual syndrome is completely and easily treatable, with the correct dosing and application of high-quality topical Progesterone cream.
What are the typical symptoms?
Premenstrual syndrome symptoms can range from the and brief to the severe and debilitating. Typical mood symptoms include anxiety, irritability, mood swings, tearfulness, sadness, depression and rage. Premenstrual syndrome can also result in migraine headaches, cravings for sweets or carbohydrates, bloating and breast tenderness.
Although most women have some symptoms of premenstrual syndrome a few times a year, with no real effect on day-to-day lives, others can have debilitating symptoms every month that cause major disruption.
Why does PMS occur?
Premenstrual syndrome occurs when there is insufficient progesterone in the second half of the menstrual cycle. The menstrual cycle is typically 28-30 days long. The first day is when bleeding starts. During the first 10 to 12 days of the cycle, estradiol levels build up to a peak, after which ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovary) takes place. After ovulation, the corpus luteum (the structure that released the egg from the ovary) produces progesterone and estradiol for the next two weeks or so. If not enough progesterone is produced (with respect to how much estradiol was produced in the previous two weeks) the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome occur. Severe, regular symptoms of premenstrual syndrome are also referred to as PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder).
How can PMS be treated?
The first step is making sure that the symptoms are indeed due to low progesterone. Your doctor can easily test this with a blood test on specific days of the menstrual cycle. Once the blood test indicates premenstrual syndrome, the treatment is simple – correct application and dosing of bioidentical progesterone. Progesterone is what was missing, and it just needs to be correctly replaced.
Note that it is critically important NOT to use synthetic progesterone (often called progestin). Synthetic progesterone is the only hormone shown to be linked to breast cancer. In contrast, bioidentical progesterone is molecularly identical to what your body naturally makes and is protective to the breasts, brain and just about every other cell that has DNA. Regardless of how many treatments may be offered to address premenstrual syndrome issues, the problem occurred due to not enough Progesterone, the solution should be to correctly replace it.
What if you don’t address premenstrual syndrome?
Occasional premenstrual syndrome is normal and usually without significant consequences. However, ignoring severe premenstrual syndrome symptoms can have many negative consequences, especially if they have been occurring for several months. Low progesterone with normal to high levels of estrogen is a breeding ground for breast and uterine abnormalities such as cysts and fibroids. Low progesterone also triggers adrenal stress. Adrenal stress results in the production of increased adrenal steroids which can have many negative effects such as acne, weight gain and bloating. Also, the brain recognizes low progesterone by triggering mood symptoms that can lead to depression if occurring for long enough.
Many other negative effects can also occur when a body is out of hormone balance. The good news is that we do have answers to the problem. Treating a hormone deficiency with the deficient hormone is the logical and scientific approach. However, we are still battling a medical system which continues to prescribe symptom masking drugs. Non-medical sources are even more frightening, as they are allowed to provide herbs and supplements which are not monitored by any authority for safety and side effects.