What is PMS?
PMS (Premenstrual syndrome) is a combination of bodily and emotional symptoms experienced by women due to hormonal imbalance that occurs before the start of the menses. It can present as bloating, breast swelling and tenderness, emotional instability, anxiety, heavy bleeding and abdominal pain.
How can we diagnose PMS?
Diagnosis depends mainly on your symptoms, so the diagnosis is essentially clinical. No laboratory tests or imaging investigations are required for diagnosis.
How can PMS affect your life?
Premenstrual syndrome can affect your mood, social relations, work performance, and in severe cases it may result in migraine headaches and low sex drive.
How can naturopathic medicine help in managing PMS?
Naturopathic medicine can help mitigate symptoms of PMS, reduce its frequency and in some cases even completely control it. There are many ways naturopathic medicine can improve your symptoms of PMS, such as using acupuncture, herbs and bioidentical hormones. In particular, the bioidentical hormone progesterone can be of great help in improving the symptoms associated with PMS. The bioidentical progesterone is of plant origin, so it lacks the undesirable side effects of synthetic progesterone, which makes it an attractive option.