PMS and Menstrual Concerns
Do you dread when "that time of month" comes around?
If so, you may have a hormonal imbalance that is causing unpleasant symptoms during the pre-menstrual or shedding portion of your cycle. Premenstrual syndrome also known as PMS, is a group of symptoms that start one to two weeks before the period. Most women have at least one or two symptoms of PMS which goes away after their period starts. The most common ones are: Irritability, anxiety, depression, headache, fatigue or excessive tiredness, feelings of hostility and anger, and food cravings, especially for chocolate or sweet and salty foods. Breast tenderness and bloating are also common in women during PMS. Though these symptoms are common, that does not make them normal. If you are like many suffers, you have likely surfed the internet, looking for a way to relieve yourself of them and now feel more confused then you did before.
If you experience unpleasant menstrual-related concerns and are unsure of what the right approach or combination of approaches is for you, then let our Naturopathic Doctors help! We have long standing experience treating women with menstrual concerns and can review up-to-date natural treatment options that are effective and gentle to help you to feel your best, all month long.
The First Step - A Complete Assessment
What is causing you to have these pre-menstrual symptoms? Is it an underlying medical condition (e.g. ovarian cysts, endometriosis), a genetic predisposition, nutritional deficiency or related to acute or chronic stress? Our Healthy hormones plan, led by the clinic's Naturopathic Doctors, involves a complete health and lifestyle assessment to identify any predisposing and/or associated issues related to your specific mood concern. They will also advise you on the relevant blood work or laboratory testing required to uncover any associated nutritional deficiencies, biochemical or hormonal imbalances. If additional testing is indicated over and above what has already been done, we will advise you accordingly. This testing may include a comprehensive hormone analysis through the blood or urine. The pro's and con's of each will be discussed.
A Customized Treatment Plan
Once the core issues effecting your natural hormone balance have been identified, your naturopathic doctor will formulate a treatment plan for you that includes one or a combination of the following naturopathic treatments:
- Stress management and lifestyle changes
- Diet and Nutrition
- Vitamins and natural supplementation
- Herbal medicine
- Bioidentical Hormones
The Result? Benefits of working to balance your hormones naturally often includes an improved sense of mental wellness and energy levels, period regularity, skin health, decreased PMS, optimal weight and if needed, better stress management skills leading to an improved sense of overall wellness.
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