Dealing with PMS

I Am Woman. Hear Me…ROAR

By February 28, 2017 No Comments
The song “I am woman”, written and released by Helen Reddy (1975), rapidly became an international best hit. The songs first two lines, “I am woman, hear me roar“ are a powerful statement of women’s independence. These two lines are still used regularly today, to evoke a sense of powerfulness, strength and liberation amongst women.

But girls, do you feel like sometimes your “Womanly Roars” have become a little more fierce and perhaps even slightly crazy?

(I know, NEVER call a woman crazy!!).

As a woman, do you have moments, days or maybe weeks, where you feel you have no control over your emotions?

Do you shift rapidly from huffing and puffing about something (maybe even steaming with anger), to suddenly weeping like a baby? Do you suffer moodiness, or anxiety where you feel like nothing is working or going right for you, and feel as though there is no way out?

Maybe you have insomnia, or extreme fatigue, paired with the inability to concentrate, or even focus on what is right in front of your face?

How about periodical bloat, acne, and weight gain for no apparent reason?

Last week you were looking great, what happened??

By now you’ve probably guessed I’m talking about PMS symptoms, that can make even the most placid little lady turn into a raging nightmare (don’t worry, I was a dragon lady too).

Did you know that even if you suffer amenorrhea (absence of periods), you can still suffer these symptoms? You may not appear to have a normal cycle, but you can still suffer many of the symptoms of PMS as if you do!
So you may have noticed that your emotions are a little off, maybe even completely irrational….but you JUST CAN’T STOP!
PMS is a Symptom!!
Many women believe that PMS symptoms, whether they be mild or severe, are a normal part of a woman’s cycle, and something we should just learn to live with. We also try and encourage our male counter-species to do the same (how’s that going by the way?!).
Perhaps if you suffer from amenorrhea, you’ve not been able to identify the source of your irritability (or more nicely put…sensitivity). But I assure you, there are still hormones floating around that body of yours, possibly causing a hurricane of emotions.
Let me assure you, that these symptoms are NOT acceptable, or normal, and definitely shouldn’t be something we have to learn to live with.

 The symptoms of PMS are a result of the body trying to communicate that we are not functioning as we should.

Ladies, if you suffer any of these symptoms, this can be an indication of hormonal imbalances in the body (Northup 2010; Women In Balance Institute 2016). We need to learn to listen to these important messages–not just learn to live with them! .
Without addressing hormonal imbalances, many women go on to suffer:
Cysts,
Chronic acne,
Fibroids,
PCOS,
Endometriosis,
Infertility,
Breast cancer,
Hypertension,
Diabetes, and even
Dementia!

(Women Living Naturally, 2016).

We might like to have a good “womanly roar” from time to time, especially during “that time of the month”.. but don’t ignore it. It’s important to take the time to really check in with why it’s happening.

We might like to have a good “womanly roar” from time to time, but it’s important to know why.

Know Your Body
Very few women understand the hormones involved in the reproductive cycle and what they do. It’s not something we often think about, and certainly not something we talk about freely.

But it’s something we are going to change with this course!

If your body is trying so desperately hard to talk to you– sending messages in the form of PMS, perhaps it’s time we listen!

PMS, endometriosis, cysts, PCOS, fibroids, hormonal migraines, painful periods and even lack of regular periods …. are all indicators of a hormone imbalance (Women Living Naturally 2016, Steiner & Pearlstein 2000).

Hormone imbalances occur for a number of reasons, but can be related to the food we eat, products we use, chemicals around the house, our ability to deal with stress, lack of sleep, and even if our digestive system and endocrine system are not operating as they should (Women in Balance Institute 2016).

PMS, endometriosis, cysts, PCOS, fibroids, hormonal migraines, painful periods and even lack of regular periods ..are all indicators of an oestrogen dominance.

Treat the cause, not the symptom!

For those that know me well, you would know that I am a massive advocate for finding ways to treat the cause of the problem, and not just manage the symptoms.  I know that in many instances, pain relief and some medications are important, and it’s best you talk to your doctor about what you need. However, I have concerns about treating these womanly problems with the pill or other hormone treatments.

In fact, there have been recent and alarming studies linking the use of the pill with depression (Oinonen & Mazmanian 2002, Grigg-Spall 2016).

The trouble is that many of these mainstream hormonal treatment options just MASK the problem, rather than going to the root cause.
What happens when you go off the pill, or decide you want to have children?
 The problems are still there waiting to strike all over again!

Don’t worry— I’m not just a glowing, healthy chick taking the moral high road in telling you how to look after yourself (well, maybe just a little)…

but trust me, I can speak from experience!!
For over 12 years, I suffered thyroid disease, endometriosis, cysts and extreme PMS symptoms that would make any man run (and they did!).

I also suffered extreme mid-cycle pain and inflammation, so majority of my menstrual cycle was spent in pain and feeling miserable. I went to several doctors and specialists, but I was never told I had a hormone imbalance! Instead, I was put on the pill, had surgery and then had an IUD. Whilst it initially helped manage the pain of the endometriosis and cysts, I just didn’t feel right in myself.

I always felt foggy and flat and didn’t feel like my “healthy”, bubbly self.
I lacked motivation and direction, and certainly didn’t feel Divine!
I’ve since discovered a “natural system” that works WITH my body!

I can now boast that I take no pain killers during my cycle- not even during my period, and have minimal PMS symptoms. I still can’t believe it!

I’ve learnt so much about my body, that even if I do start to feel the slightest bit bloated, or irritable, I know something’s not right and how to quickly get it back on track.

Understanding how your cycle works, AND how to naturally correct these problems, is one of the most empowering and liberating thing a woman can do.

Pain, inflammation, irritability, missed periods…..this does not need to be the norm for you!!

Understanding how your cycle works, is one of the most empowering and liberating thing a woman can do!

Where to start?

Want to start changing things today? The sooner you start, the sooner your body can start healing, and functioning in the way it was perfectly designed to.1) Firstly, take a moment to think about your body and the cyclic changes that occur. Even if you suffer amenorrhea think about any patterns in the month. Are there certain periods of time where you feel more stressed, bloated, suffer acne break outs, pain…etc? It might be worth mapping these symptoms to help identify any patterns. This is important in beginning to understand your body.

2) Learning to respond to the subtle messages your body sends you can be incredibly healing and liberating for a woman. There are times when we need more Retreat, Rest and Quiet. It’s ok to honour these times, instead of powering through, and pushing ourselves to exhaustion (and higher levels of stress). Providing this space can encourage the body to relax, and work as it should.
3) Let’s look at your diet. This is a detailed topic in itself, which I will cover in more detail later on, but essentially, the immediate goal is to detoxify the body and get the elimination system working the best it can. The liver and the adrenal glands are important organs involved in the elimination of wastes and excess hormones in the body. We need to get these organs working efficiently. Adding lemon to your morning cup of water, along with smoothies that include those green leafys such as spinach, parsley, cilantro, along with cucumber and apple, are all good places to start in helping kick start the detox process (Australian National Health 2011.)
Perhaps you can also reduce your caffeine intake, alcohol, or other substances that don’t agree with you, or support your system.
4) I’m a massive advocate for yoga (hey, what do you expect, I’m a yoga teacher!).  And, this is exactly how I learnt to get my body working efficiently, and reduced the need for pain killers during my cycle. I developed yoga practices that specifically targeted important organs to kick start the detox process in the body, support thyroid health, endocrine function and tone and massage the reproductive organs to work as they were designed to! The beauty of this practice is that it’s safe, natural, effective, and is:
NATURALLY SOLVING THE PROBLEM RATHER THAN MASKING IT!

Never Keep a Secret!!

I’m so elated about how this natural system of release, healing, and acceptance has done for me, that I’m going to spill the beans and help you discover the same benefits. No woman should have to suffer the pain and misery that I experienced, and that I know a lot of you go through, month-after-month!

In this short, FREE course, I’m going to continue to share some of these powerful, life-changing secrets with you, so that you too can unleash that divine woman that exists within.

References:

Australian National Health Magazine. 2011. Oestrogen progesterone imbalance. Blitz Publications.
http://www.naturalhealthmag.com.au/content/oestrogen-progesterone-imbalance
Grigg-Spall, H. 2016. The pill is linked to depression– and doctors can no longer ignore it. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com
Grimwade, J. 1995. The body of knowledge: Everything you need to know about the female cycle. Melbourne: William Heinemann, pp21-2
Hartmann, E., 1966. Dreaming sleep (the D State) and the menstrual cycle, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 171: 503-505
Nag, U., Dip, P., & Kodali, M. 2013. Effect of Yoga on Primary Dysmenorrhea and Stress in Medical Students. Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences.Volume 4, Issue 1 (Jan.- Feb. 2013), PP 69-73.
Northrup, M.D, Christiane, 2010. Women’s bodies, Women’s Wisdom. Creating physical and emotional health and healing. Bantam.
Oinonen, K., & Mazmanian. 2002. To what extent do oral contraceptives influence mood and affect?  Journal of Affective Disorders. Vol 70. Iss.3. Pg.229–240.
Steiner, M., & Pearlstein, T. 2000. Premenstrual dysphoria and the serotonin system: Pathophysiology and treatment. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Vol 61. Supp. 12. Pg. 17–21.
Swami Muktananda, 2009. Nawa Yogini Tantra. Yoga Publications Trust, Munger, Bihar, India.
Women’s Health Queensland Wide Inc. 2015. Understanding your menstrual cycle fact sheet.
http://womhealth.org.au/conditions-and-treatments/understanding-your-menstrual-cycle-fact-sheet
Women In Balance Institute. 2016. Causes of hormone imbalance. National University of Natural Medicine. https://womeninbalance.org/seventh-woman/causes/
Women Living Naturally. 2016. Estrogen dominance. www.womenlivingnaturally.com