I have horrible PMDD...three weeks out of the month I feel like I am wigging out. To anyone experiencing the same thing I would say read "The Woman Code" by Alissa Vitta. She designs a plan to decimate the symptoms. I haven't tried it yet, but it seems like a lot of women have had a lot of success doing the program and it is easy to follow.
Great article. For those who suffer from PMS, I have some bad news for you. It doesn't stop with the onset of Menopause. We just get to add hot flashes and night sweats to the list. Oh, the joys of womanhood. Some days I would just love to slap Eve! lol
A reminder, though, as this is a pet peeve of mine - birth control pills do not do anything to "fix" or "cure" menstrual or pre-menstrual problems. In fact, what they do is to stop your normal cycles completely. The bleed you get is simply shedding of the uterine lining from withdrawal of the hormones at certain times. It doesn't remove the menstrual problems, it removes the real menstrual cycles.
When I had PMS, it would be binging and depression as the worst part. I could go through chips and chocolate like there was no tomorrow. I had a hysterectomy 20 years ago and have not missed PMS one little bit.
Great article. don't forget to have hormones checked as well no matter your age. Hormonal imbalances can make PMS and periods a lot more painful and can make you feel like you have the flu each month. My 20yo needs supplements from days 20-28 and I'm peri-menopausal. We are both a mess so I appreciated this article.
I hate that note after PMDD "Unlike PMS, PMDD is bad enough to interfere with your life"
Now I've met girls who've had really bad symptoms, such as pain so bad that they fainted, and they have to go on medication, but I'm not wrong in complaining when I feel depressed for no reason except that I have PMS. I feel tired no matter what I do. It's a little bit of interference I think.
When I was a teenager my PMS wasn't that bad. my sister had it really bad and still does. Even after my kids were born it wasn't too bad. AFter my last child was born, I had my tubes tied. I wanted nothing to do with my husband for 6 months, maybe that had something to do with having 3 kids ages 5 and under or my hormones being out of whack or both. However, that was 5 years ago and for the longest time I had no symptoms of PMS or anything, didnt even know it was coming, except for my major moodswings. Now as I am approaching 30, it is getting more noticeable. My breasts hurt and I am way more adept to mood swings almost to the point that I can't stand to be around myself or anyone else. I had been taking a DIM supplement and that seemed to help with my mood swings, I really need to get into taking it again. Exercise and getting enough rest and water definitely helps.
Wow I can't believe I just came across this article. I have been trying to combat PMS for quite sometime but especially since I had my son 4 years ago. I did talk with my Gyne about taking vitamin B which I heard could help aleveate some of the symptoms I experience and she told me it couldn't hurt so I plan to try that along with calcium and magnesium mentioned by several others. I do exercise and drink water and tea around this time of the month but I do notice I also have to cut way down on my morning java as well as white refined carbohydrates, which a doctor I work with years ago told me to do, and has worked to this day.
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