Let me say that again – PMS is NOT normal. Just because something is common does not make it normal. Just because your doctor tells you it’s part of being a woman, doesn’t mean it is. It’s one of the biggest myths and leaves a lot of women suffering because they think they just have to deal with it. 90% of women report having had symptoms of PMS. (1) If they knew they were suffering for no reason- they would be ticked.

Just because lots of women are experiencing symptoms doesn’t mean they should be. If it were normal why would it be a “syndrome?” PMS is premenstrual SYNDROME. That means something is off. Your body wasn’t made for you to be in pain. Do you have any of these symptoms?

Symptoms of PMS

  • Cramps
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Irritability and Moodiness
  • Food cravings
  • Anxious
  • Depressed
  • Tender breasts
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea
  • Mood swings
  • Blood clots
  • Acne

How about you? Are you experiencing these symptoms? Are they interfering with your daily life? Do you feel like you just have to deal with them?  When hormones go bad it can really make a woman feel like crap. This is not normal and not something that you have to live with. It means you are sick. Just because you hear of women curled in a ball on the floor with horrible cramps or cuddling with their heating pad does not mean it has to be that way.

It’s a sign that there’s a hormonal imbalance and your body is telling you with symptoms. PMS, along with other reproductive issues like endometriosis, infertility, PCOS and dreaded symptoms of menopause are NOT normal.

Hormones make up a big part of who women are. Unlike men, women’s hormones change throughout the month. Before ovulation your estrogen levels go up as your body prepares for reproduction. If that egg doesn’t get fertilized after ovulation the progesterone levels go up for the luteal phase. Then those estrogen and progesterone levels go down when its time for your period. It takes a lot of hormones to make the female body work.

Here are the major hormones that are important for your cycle:

  • Thyroid
  • Cortisol
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone
  • Estrogen
  • Serotonin
  • Adrenaline/Norepinephrine
  • Insulin
  • Vitamin D

Did you know that estrogen isn’t just one hormone? It’s a term for multiple chemically-similar hormones. There are a lot of hormones that need to be in balance for a woman to have a normal period. Stress to the body can throw off that hormonal balance.

Stresses that Cause Hormonal Imbalance

  • Mental stress (this is the most common one!)
  • Exposure to endocrine disruptors
  • High toxic load
  • Poor diet
  • Depression
  • Food Allergies
  • Thyroid problems
  • Physical stress

PMS is Sign of Stressed Body

PMS is your body telling you that your hormones are out of balance. If your hormones are out of balance it is a problem with your body. That your body is experiencing stress.  Are you listening to it or trying to cover it up? Treating it with birth control pills or medications isn’t going to change the fact that hormones are out of balance.

You can take control of your life by getting your hormones back in balance. Now you don’t bring your hormones back into balance with the same stinkin’ thinkin that is brought to you by the traditional medicine. You can’t just google how to balance your hormones. Are you the same as the woman next to you? No- you’re unique! There is no magic herb that works for everyone to treat all the hormone problems. You need to test ALL of your hormones properly and have them assessed to determine what is causing them to be out of balance.

Hormones are not primary problems. They can lead to a lot of diseases and leave women at risk for chronic illness. Hormones can lead to a lot of health problems, but they aren’t the primary problem. The primary problem is going to be one of those stresses on the body. If left unchecked it has the potential to cause chronic illness.

Like I said, PMS is not normal. Don’t mistake common for normal again. You can and should have a pain free period. If you aren’t, you need to find out why.

Written by Dr. Patrick Flynn

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