PMS - Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), also called premenstrual tension (PMT) is a collection of emotional symptoms, with or without physical symptoms related to a woman's menstrual cycle. Most women of child-bearing age (up to 85%) report having experienced symptoms related to normal ovulatory function, such as bloating, breast tenderness, hot flushes, night sweats, migrains, irritability, mood swings and tearfulness occurring only during the Luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. The specific emotional and physical symptoms attributable to PMS vary from woman to woman, but each individual woman's pattern of symptoms is predictable, occurs consistently during the ten days prior to menses, and vanishes either shortly before or shortly after the start of menstrual flow.

How to prevent PMS

  • regular exercise

  • eat a healthy, balanced diet

  • get plenty of sleep – 7 to 8 hours

  • try reducing stress with Thikr and meditation

  • take a wholefood Multivitamin

  • drink 1-2 litres of plain water daily

  • keep a diary of your symptoms for a least 2 to 3 menstrual cycles – you can take this to a Holistic Health Practitioner

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)

A small number of women may experience more severe symptoms of PMS known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Visit the Mind website for more information about PMDD.

Testimonial for Maca

"I have had serious problems with PMS and periods generally since I was 16. A week of feeling very bloated, along with lethargy and a general heaviness, followed by excruciating pain, vomiting and often fainting, resulting in being taken off by ambulance on more than one occasion. Over the years I have continued to have this feeling for up to 10 days before hand. Due to work I have had to carry on and have therefore resorted to painkillers for 3 – 4 days in every month for 14 years. Having children made a real difference as it all stopped, but slowly as the children became older it got worse again, and by the time the children were 3, I was yet again feeling dreadful for 10 days before hand, although the pain wasn’t so bad.

In July I started drinking aloe for my aching joints and royal jelly for the PMS. Things improved a bit, and then I tried the Maca, after a couple of months I found that I didn’t even notice my period coming! What a difference, instead of dreading 2 weeks in every month, I now feel fantastic all month and am bouncing with energy. Initially I took the maca twice a day every day, now I just take one a day for about a week before hand and that seems to be enough.

Then earlier last year, I began to wonder why I was wearing T-shirts and shorts, when the children had 3 jumpers on. I couldn't understand why they were so cold, it took some time to realise it wasn’t them, it was me and I had started those dreaded hot flushes. I am now taking the maca every day, and it has calmed it right down. Life has returned to normal again!!"