Premenstrual Syndrome, or PMS, refers to a group of ailments that occur during a one-two week period prior to menstruation. Symptoms present cyclically, are absent during the week following menstruation and vary from woman to woman.  Typically, premenstrual symptoms decline in severity after the first days of the period.

PMS Symptoms:

  • premenstrual acne
  • fatigue and weakness
  • abdominal distension, bloating and discomfort
  • joint pains and/or back ache
  • breast swelling, pain, lumpiness
  • pelvic discomfort or pain
  • abnormal appetite, cravings
  • headaches
  • altered libido
  • change in bowel habit
  • mood swings/irritability confusion
  • lack of concentration/ forgetfulness
  • weight gain of more than 2 kg
  • fluid retention
  • palpitations, dizziness or fainting
  • nervous tension/ aggression/anxiety/ depression/ tearfulness
  • premenstrual genital herpes outbreaks, recurrent vaginal thrush and/or other infections
  • insomnia

Contributing factors

  • Hormonal imbalances – oestrogen and progesterone, adrenal hormones, adrenalin, noradrenaline, serotonin and dopamine etc.
  • Nutritional / dietary insufficiency – B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, zinc, essential fatty acids etc

Treatment options

  • Treatments are tailored to the individual and aim to facilitate the regulation of hormones.  Hormonal regulation is primarily achieved using herbal medicine.
  • Herbs will also provide relief of the various symptoms associated with PMS whilst addressing the underlying cause
  • Individual dietary regimes are provided at each consultation. Educated food choices are fundamental to the overall success of treatment given the prevalence of altered digestion and bowel habits during the premenstrual phase.  Hence limiting foods that contain caffeine, sugar, salt or dairy and avoiding alcohol and nicotine one week prior to menstruation may significantly reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms.

PMS affects 40% of all women aged between 14 – 50 years of age.  Speak to our naturopaths today if symptoms interfere with your daily performance.

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