Here are some additional symptoms of PMS that you may be experiencing:
- Anger and irritability
- exaggerated mood swings
- Joint or muscle pain
- Weight gain related to fluid retention
- Abdominal bloating
- Breast tenderness
- Constipation or diarrhea
You shouldn’t just have to “grin and bear” PMS and in fact you don’t have to live with these symptoms. Many of the symptoms you are experiencing are caused by a number of imbalances that could also be compromising your health in other ways.
Hormonal imbalances that cause PMS can be caused by hormone imbalances, diet choices, gut dybiosis or digestive issues, lack of sleep, environmental toxins, stress, and even nutritional imbalances. Unfortunately, this root causes are rarely addressed by your traditional PCP or even your OBGYN. This is one of the many reasons why there is still confusion around PMS and how to treat it.
When women suddenly experience PMS when they haven’t in the past, most of them just accept that it’s a “new and annoying”. Oftentimes they are led to believe that it can’t be rid of and that you can only treat it with medications and just hope for the best.
The Conventional Approach
When patients present with hormonal imbalances or conditions like PMS most traditionally-trained clinicians focus will offer medications to treat the symptoms. PMS is typically treated with anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil or Aleve which can harm your gut health (yes even in small quantities) and to birth control pills. While oral birth control may lessen the symptoms, but can be a real concern for several reasons.
Unfortunately, this can bring on more unwanted side effects, especially for woman who are estrogen dominant because it can greatly increase their breast cancer risk. Taking additional estrogen without receiving the proper, in depth hormonal testing, not only may put you at serious risk but oftentimes does not deal with the root causes of your
PMS which may have multi-faceted causes.
One of the reasons why many conventional health practitioners are at a loss to treat PMS, is that it’s typically brought on by lifestyle factors that they are not trained to treat.