A Part of Life
Some women gracefully stride through PMS and others suffer through it every month or so. The affects of PMS can vary from woman to woman depending on thousands of different factors. The severity of symptoms can vary from month to month, as sometimes PMS can turn to irregular time periods. The fact is, that there is just so much that happens with the body during the end of the menstrual cycle, that it entire medical texts books cannot cover the enormity of the subject.
PMS is basically the overarching term for a woman who finds herself at the end of her menstrual cycle. During PMS a woman will experience the beginning of the shedding of her uterine wall as her body completely changes over the tissues that line her womb. Thousands of different things happen when this occurs as the woman reaches the end of her cycle. As the wall sheds, quite often she will feel cramping and the feeling of being bloated. She can retain water weight, and this can even trigger an acne flare.
Hormones are also a main factor as the woman changes over in the cycle. Estrogen is at a low when this happens, and often times this causes irritability, crying spells, anger, and the feeling of anxiety.
Another main cause of PMS is because of the shedding of the uterine wall, bleeding through the vagina will occur. As many women will tell you, this is completely natural, and is just another one of life’s cycles.
Are there natural ways to lessen the affects?
Absolutely! While there is no real way to stop PMS from happening (nor would you want to, as this is a very necessary part of a woman’s life) there are ways of lessening this effects of PMS and the inconvenience it can cause. PMS is regulated almost totally by hormones and what happens in the uterus. When PMS occurs, estrogen levels and other hormone levels on which, her body depends so much, change creating these drastic changes in the body and overall emotional state of the woman. One of the best things to do is help regulate this hormonal change in a natural way through the use of natural supplements, vitamins, and diet alterations.
Calcium is a fantastic way to lessen these effects as calcium interacts directly with estrogen levels. One study suggested that the majority of women who took calcium supplements, saw a noticeable reduction in the severity of their symptoms. They reported less irritability, bloating, crying spells, and even reduced the severity of cramps. Another supplement that is very effective is Chaste Tree Berry.
Many women who took this supplement during a separate study also reported a general reduction of PMS symptoms. It should be noted that taking medications to reduce PMS symptoms could exacerbate other problems and even cause problems in sexual organs down the road. Clearly the best way of lessening the severity of your PMS is through natural means. You’re body will most certainly thank you later.