Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Premenstrual Syndrome, better known as PMS, is experienced in some way or another by approximately 90% of menstruating women, making it the most common hormone disorder amongst women.
This means that almost all women experience a single or combination of mild PMS symptoms and despite being uncomfortable or undesirable, most women report symptoms which do not significantly impact their quality of life.
A third of women who experience PMS report moderate to severe symptoms that often cause disruption to their daily routine and scheduled activities.
Generally occurring in the days or weeks prior to bleeding, premenstrual syndrome is believed to be caused by the body’s hormones reacting to not being pregnant, with oestrogen and progesterone levels falling significantly following ovulation. Symptoms tend to fade as hormone levels begin to rise once again with the beginning of menses.
Common PMS Symptoms
- Anxiety, depression and nervous tension
- Mood swings and irritability
- Fatigue and Insomnia
- Poor concentration, mental confusion, forgetfulness
- Headaches and migraines
- Breast tenderness and swelling
- Abdominal bloating and swelling
- Craving for chocolate, carbohydrates, fatty foods, alcohol
Possible Causes of PMS
Factors that can contribute to the incidence of PMS include:
- Personal or family history of depressive mood, anxiety or bipolar disorders
- History of postpartum depression or psychotic episodes
- History of other reproductive disorders – e.g., PCOS, endometriosis, etc.
- Poor blood glucose regulation – e.g., insulin resistance, hypoglycaemia
- Nutritional deficiencies – such as vitamin B6, essential fatty acids, iodine, magnesium and/or zinc.
- Excessive fluid retention due to poor lymphatic function and/or hypoadrenalism
- Increased toxic load
- Disordered oestrogen metabolism
How can Melbourne Naturopathy help with premenstrual syndrome?
At Melbourne Naturopathy, Linda Cotone takes a holistic approach in addressing underlying issues and increasing overall wellbeing, in order to better treat symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and its symptoms.
After a thorough case history and diagnostic testing, Linda will provide tailored recommendations and natural treatments to address any abnormal hormone levels, rectify nutrient deficiencies, treat stress and reduce environmental toxicity or underlying conditions.