Nope, PMS is NOT Normal!
Are you feeling a little blue in the days leading up to your period? You’re not alone. PMS is incredibly common, with up to three quarters of women experiencing some form of premenstrual syndrome during their cycle. Some people experience mild symptoms like bloating or fatigue, while others have more severe symptoms like depression and irritability. With the right strategies, you can help manage your PMS mood swings and make your premenstrual days more bearable or better yet.... completely non existent!
First, it’s important to understand what causes PMS mood swings. Hormonal changes taking place in your body can affect your brain chemistry, leading to changes in mood. That’s why PMS mood swings come and go at the same time each month. To get a better sense of how your mood changes, try logging your symptoms each month.
Next, fill your premenstrual week with stress-busting activities. Exercise, massage, and time off can help you relax and rebalance your hormone levels. Eating fiber-rich foods and avoiding sugary snacks can also help manage PMS. Not to mention, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep can help with premenstrual symptoms like cramps and bloating.
Finally, if your premenstrual mood swings are severe, don’t be afraid to seek help. For some people, PMS is more than an inconvenience — it can severely affect their ability to function. If you’re experiencing hopelessness, loss of energy, or suicidal thoughts, it’s time to get help.
No matter which kind of PMS you’re experiencing, it’s important to take care of your emotional wellbeing. With the right strategies, you can manage your PMS mood swings and get back to feeling your best!
Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in treating PMS. Studies have found that it can help to reduce the severity of PMS symptoms, such as mood swings, bloating, and breast tenderness. Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points on the body to help balance hormones, reduce stress, and improve circulation. It also helps to boost the body’s natural ability to heal itself, which can help relieve the physical and emotional symptoms of PMS.
At Metta Perspective Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine, we know that there is no such thing as "normal PMS symptoms". Actually, there should not be any symptoms at all if the body is properly in balance. We treat women issues every day and PMS is just one imbalance that we love to help relieve.