Most women, at one point in their lives will experience PMS. This acronym stands for Premenstrual Syndrome. This syndrome is used to represent a wide variety of symptoms that occur before you get your period. You may experience one, or more, of the following:
- Premenstrual irritability
- Food cravings
- Sleep disturbance
- Joint pain
- Breast pain
- Abdominal bloating
There are other symptoms that you can also have as part of PMS, but most women will experience some of the above. A lot of women experience either physical or emotional changes in the second half of their menstrual cycle. Around 20% of women experience symptoms severe enough to seek further help. While it is common to experience PMS, it is not something you have to experience. PMS responds well to treatment, and you can work towards eliminating the symptoms entirely. Talk with a Bendigo naturopath near me to learn more about this.
What Causes PMS?
It is not your hormones themselves that cause PMS. Neither estrogen nor progesterone are negative; in fact, they are beneficial for your mood. They help to enhance your mood and support your metabolism.
Estrogen can make you feel amazing during your follicular phase, the action it has, in combination with serotonin, strengthens your muscles and supports your insulin sensitivity. However, if estrogen gets too high, it can be problematic. Too much is overstimulating and can lead to breast pain, headaches, and irritability. When the high levels drop, you can also get something like withdrawal, which causes fatigue, migraines, and night sweats.
Even if estrogen is going a little off track, if you have enough progesterone, it can help smooth out the wild ride. However, if you don’t have enough to smooth things out, or if you aren’t sensitive enough to progesterone, you will experience PMS. Low progesterone is also liked to anxiety.
Hormonal Resilience and Premenstrual Syndrome
So, how exactly, do you cope with these fluctuations? If your hormone levels are always changing and giving you symptoms, is there a way to change this? You can help yourself by supporting your body’s ability to adapt to hormonal fluctuations, by supporting hormonal resilience.
This is how well your body can protect you from hormonal fluctuations. To help cultivate hormonal resilience, you need to follow these three steps:
- Enhancing progesterone and GABA
- Supporting estrogen metabolism
- Reducing inflammation
If you want to go into more detail about how to do this, you can book in to have a consultation with a naturopath. They will be able to help naturally support your menstrual health by looking at and addressing your specific health picture. Or you can easily schedule your appointment here.