I’ve had symptoms of PMS that have varied over the course of my life, but in the last year the symptoms have seemed to worsen. Other women have told me that their doctors have said they are just getting older and there is really nothing to do about it. I thought that for a while, but then decided otherwise.
Since doing so much research on PMS and finding out what is the cause, things that make it worse and different remedies, or at least aids, that can help with the symptoms, I decided to put the research to the test. With symptoms like breast tenderness, anger, food cravings, headaches, early spotting and more painful cramps I decided to see my doctor, a D.O. who works with natural and medical procedures. She told me about how my hormones may be off balance and that I could use a natural cream two weeks out of every month (starting day 14 – 28 of my cycle) and see if that helped. I began using the cream and after a few months I noticed a big difference.
I stayed on it consistently for a while and then began to forget to start it on time or go shorter time on purpose, but the symptoms got worse. I stayed on the cram consistently for those two weeks for the next several months and continued to notice improvement. However, I hadn’t changed my diet too much and wondered if that would help even more.
I’ve not been a big caffeine consumer, although chocolate sure gets my attention, but other things like sugary foods and some high fat foods like fries or pastries would crowd out the vegetables and fruit that I really needed. I’ve cut way back on all of those sweet and high fat things we think we must have and once the really bad cravings go away and your body begins to enjoy eating the fresh fruit and vegetables again; it really makes you feel great.
I also cut out much of the full fat dairy and some of the wheat products that I was used to eating. I’ve realized I can eat less than what I once thought I needed to survive, feel better and my PMS symptoms this last month have almost disappeared. I hardly had any warning that my period was about to start. I also started exercising again, but not an Olympic regimen, only 15 – 20 minutes most days of the week of walking or exercises.
Just by making some diet changes, maybe adding in a natural hormone if yours are off balance and moving around a little you could begin to feel more like you want to feel and not become a slave to your PMS symptoms and feelings. It’s working for me!