Premenstrual syndrome (PMS ,also known as premenstrual tension (PMT) affects about 80% of women, with 10% having severe PMS that has a significant effect on their day to day lives.
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What is Premenstrual Syndrome ?
PMS is used to describe a range of symptoms that occur in women after ovulation and usually ends when menstruation starts.
What causes Premenstrual Syndrome?
The cause of PMS is not well understood. There are several theories which look at:
- changes in sex hormone levels
- changes in brain chemicals that affect mood
Symptoms of PMS
Symptoms of premenstrual syndrome may vary from month to month and in some months may be more severe than others.
PMS and sore breasts and nipples
One of the most common symptoms you may experience as a result of premenstrual syndrome is sore breasts and nipples. Excessive water stored in the body leads to bloating which is the main cause of sore breasts after ovulation. Accummulation of water in the breast tissues leads to stretching of the skin and puts the other tissues under tension which accounts for the soreness.
Other physical symptoms of PMS
Other physical symptoms of PMS include:
- weight gain
- sleep disturbances (sleeping too much or too little)
- changes in appetite (food cravings and overeating)
PMS and mood swings
Mood swings are a common symptom of PMS. Other mood related PMS symptoms include:
- crying spells
How do I know I have PMS
PMS symptoms are so varied that it’s sometimes difficult to know for sure that you have PMS. There are no tests to tell you whether you have PMS or not. The best way is to keep a menstrual diary over a few months. Here you can write down what symptoms you have and when you have them. If symptoms start around the middle of your cycle and end when you menstruate, then you probably have PMS. From the time you menstruate until around the middle of your cycle, you should not have any symptoms. If you have symptoms throughout the whole of your cycle, there are 2 possibilities:
- you don’t have PMS
- you have PMS but you may have another condition in addition
Other health problems that may behave like PMS include:
- chronic fatigue
- irritable bowel syndrome
- cyclic water retention
Natural progesterone cream for PMS symptoms
Research has shown that women who suffer from PMS, especially when it is very severe, tend to have low progesterone in relation to estrogen in the later part of the menstrual cycle. This can be relieved to a great extent by using natural progesterone cream for two weeks every month. This helps to restore the body’s natural hormonal balance. The best results will be achieved if natural progesterone cream is used together with stress management techniques and adjustments in diet.
Assuming you have a 2 ounce container of natural progesterone cream that contains a total of 960mg. That means that:
1/2 teaspoon= 40mg
1/4 teaspoon= 20mg
1/8 teaspoon= 10mg
For the first 2 months, use one 2 ounce jar per month from days 10 to 12 until day 26to 30. Start counting with the first day of your period as day 1. Starting on day 10, 11 or 12, apply a small dab of cream at night for a few nights, then a small dab of cream morning and night. Finish off the last 3 or 4 days with bigger dabs of cream, making sure you use up the whole 2 ounce jar. Do this until day 26-30 depending on when you expect to see your period. If your period starts before day 26, stop using the cream. Once you see your period, start counting day 1 again, then start the cream on day 10,11 or 12. When your symptoms are less severe, you can reduce the amount you use aiming to use 1/2 of a 2 ounce jar per month.
Find out more about natural progesterone cream
- What is progesterone and USP natural progesterone?
- Guidelines for using natural progesterone cream
- Wean yourself off synthetic hormones
- What are the side effects of progesterone? Should I expect the same from a natural bioidentical progesterone cream?
- What should I expect when I start using natural progesterone cream?- What are the side effects of bioidentical progesterone?