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ESCAPING THE PMS MAZE

by Geoffrey Redmond, MD
 

WHAT IS PMS?

All women know something about PMS (premenstrual syndrome) either from their own experience or from that of their friends. Although PMS has been questioned as a diagnosis, but it is all too real; millions of women suffer from it.  One reason PMS is confusing it that it is very variable. In truth, PMS is not one condition but many. It’s fair to say that there are as many varieties of PMS as there are women who have it. Women are reluctant to complain about PMS and studies suggest that most actually play down their symptoms when talking to doctors.

PMS includes both changes in body and changes in feelings. The official psychiatric diagnosis called PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) focuses on mood changes in the week before menstruation. My experience suggests that this is artificial because not just mood is involved and symptoms can occur at different times throughout the cycle – not just that one week before menstruation. Because it involves both body and mind, PMS needs to be understood holistically.

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some important points about PMS
What is PMS?
Helping yourself get help
Help for PMS: The holistic approach

Lifestyle
Nutrition
Vitamins and Minerals
Herbs and supplements

Some other alternative approaches
Medications
Some final words of encouragement

 

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