How Premenstrual syndrome affects women worldwide

A funny outlook on how PMS can affect our lives

 

Understanding PMS and PMDD

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a common condition that affects 75% of women after ovulation, typically occurring 7 days before their periods. It is characterized by a range of physical and emotional symptoms, including breast tenderness, mood swings, cravings, bloating, and anxiety.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Syndrome (PMDD) is a more severe form of PMS and can have a significant impact on women's lives. It is associated with symptoms such as depression, suicidal thoughts, panic attacks, and uncontrolled anger.

In a woman's life it's a total of 8.5 years of misery, demotivation and low achievements: this needs to stop!

Don't let these conditions define your life!

Understanding your cycle and PMS

PMS, PMDD, and other period-related problems can be invalidating. Women who experience these conditions are often not taken seriously by conventional medicine and society. Understanding our cycle and tracking it is critical to identify and manage the symptoms.

  • Menstrual cycle

    Causes and Triggers

    PMS and PMDD are generally caused by hormonal imbalances and sensitivity to hormonal fluctuations. They can also be triggered or magnified by various factors, including:

    • Constant lack of progesterone, excess estrogen, or androgen
    • Stress and traumatic events
    • Depression
    • Low levels of serotonin
    • Iron deficiency
    • Unhealthy lifestyle and nutrition
    • Alcohol and cigarettes
    • Exposure to endocrine disruptors
    • Genetic predisposition

    These factors can either trigger PMS/PMDD or worsen existing symptoms.

  • Menstrual cycle

    The Four Phases of the Menstrual Cycle

    • Follicular Phase: This phase begins on the first day of your period and lasts until ovulation. The ovary produces multiple follicles, and the endometrium thickens in preparation for possible fertilization. Estrogen levels rise, leading to increased libido.
    • Ovulation: Around day 14 of the cycle, the high levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) trigger the release of a mature egg from the ovary. The egg has a lifespan of around 24 hours.
    • Luteal Phase: After ovulation, the ruptured follicle transforms into the corpus luteum, which releases progesterone to maintain the thickened lining of the uterus. If fertilization does not occur, the corpus luteum withers and dies, causing a drop in progesterone and estrogen levels and initiating menstruation.
    • Menstruation: The shedding of the thickened lining of the uterus occurs during menstruation, which usually lasts between three days to a week.

    The menstrual cycle repeats itself monthly, on average, for around 35 years.

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    Common Period Problems

    • Menorrhagia: Defined as periods with heavy bleeding or prolonged bleeding for more than 7 days.
    • Dysmenorrhea: Severe and frequent menstrual cramps and pain during your period.
    • Amenorrhea: The absence or irregularity of menstrual periods for 3 months in a row.
    • Ovulation Pain: Discomfort and one-sided pain in the lower abdomen, sometimes due to an ovarian cyst.
    • Endometriosis: A condition where the tissue that lines the uterus (endometrium) grows outside of it, such as in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or along the external uterus wall.
    • PMS & PMDD: PMS and PMDD can sometimes include dysmenorrhea and menorrhagia.

Do I have PMS or PMDD? Symptoms, Differences, and Impact on Women's Lives

If you're wondering whether you have PMS or PMDD, it's important to know that you don't need to experience all the symptoms. Even one or more of the following symptoms can indicate the presence of PMS or PMDD.

The main difference between PMS and PMDD lies in the severity of the symptoms. While PMS may cause temporary feelings of sadness, PMDD can lead to extreme sadness, also known as depression. Individuals with PMDD may experience suicidal thoughts, hopelessness, and intense mood swings. These mood swings can manifest as uncontrolled anger, crying spells, extreme anxiety, and emotional sensitivity. The impact of PMDD on personal and professional lives can be significant, affecting work, relationships, and friendships due to the extreme emotional instability and physical pain associated with the condition. Many women suffering from PMDD get wrongly diagnosed with Bipolar disorder and unfortunately engage in unnecessary, heavy medication...

PMS and PMDD Symptoms

More than 150 physical and behavioral symptoms are associated with PMS and PMDD, below the most common ones. Do you want us to mention a specific symptom not included in this list? Send us an email at contact@myperfectcycle.com.

  • Migraine
    Migraine

    Also known as hormonal headaches, generally 2-3 days before periods start. Sometimes with vomiting, and nausea.

  • Bloating
    Bloating

    Swollen & heavy abdomen sometimes with backaches and stomach cramps.

  • Woman
    Sadness/ Depression

    Negative view on life, negative generalization, self-deprecating intrusive thoughts, low self esteem, deep sadness, suicidal thoughts...

  • Anxiety (2)
    Anxiety

    Excessive worrying, constant state of stress, tension, imagining worst case scenarios.

  • Anger
    Irritability/ Anger

    Shifting or constant uncontrolled feelings of anger and outbursts. This condition affect social relationships leading sometimes to divorce or breakup, getting fired, interpersonal conflicts...

  • Dissociative identity disorder
    Mood swings

     Sudden, unexplained draining changes in mood, going to sobbing, crying deeply to outburst of anger followed by joy in a few hours.

  • Food
    Food Cravings/ Binge eating

    Drop in serotonin level and high cortisol trigger the fight-and-flight response. The quick fix being simple sugars (carbohydrates) that can be metabolized quickly, offering a quick serotonin fix. Examples: fried food, chocolate, pastries...

  • Anxiety
    Brain fog

    Certain proteins are activated by estrogen receptors in several areas of the brain connected to thinking, memory, and attention. The fluctuation of oestrogen can cause forgetfulness, indecisiveness, sluggishness, difficulty to concentrate, confusion..

  • Scared
    Panic attack

     Unpleasant but short-lived sensation characterised by fear, irrational thoughts and anxiety. 

  • Weakness
    Demotivation

    A general lack of interest and tiredness associated with a negative take on life during PMS/PMDD can demotivate a woman from performing her daily activities and pursuing her goals. 

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    Heart issues

    Changes in hormone levels associated with tiredness and stress can cause temprary heart issues such as palpitations, pounding, fluttering, tachycardia or ectopic beat (irregular heart beats).

  • Tenderness
    Breast tenderness

    Estrogen is made early in the menstrual cycle, it peaks before mid-cycle, this causes the breast ducts to grow in size. Progesterone level peaks near the 21st day (in a 28-day cycle) causing growth of the breast milk glands. Having fibrocystic breasts can also increase the pain of swelling of breast.

  • Low battery (1)
    Fatigue and low energy

    Excessive sleeping, moderate to severe fatigue impacting daily activities.

  • Dizzy (2)
    Dizziness, Fainting

    Feeling wobbly, trouble walking, lack of balance, blood pressure drop.

  • Moon
    Insomnia or Hypersomnia

    Trouble to stay or falling asleep, day fatigue or excessive sleeping, 70% of women with PMDD have insomnia or hypersomnia before their periods.

  • Shared vision
    Hyper sensitivity

    During the premenstrual phase, some women become super hero with super hearing, increased sense of smell, visual sensitivity and sensitivity to touching. No cause has been directly linked yet but hormonal fluctuation remains the main suspect.

  • Diarrhea
    Digestive track issues

     Before menstruation, the body releases hormones known as prostaglandins, made to stimulate the contractions of the uterus muscle. Prostaglandins may also stimulate muscle contractions in the intestines and bowels, causing more frequent bowel movements. They also reduce how well the body absorbs water, making the stool softer and increasing the risk of diarrhea., sometimes constipation.

  • Back pain (1)
    Back pain

    Lower back pain due to higher level of prostaglandins, also sometimes caused by endometriosis, 

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    low or high sex drive

    Drop in estrogen & progesterone lower your libido however some women feel hornier during their periods due to a slight surge in testosterone.

  • Acne
    Skin problems

    Acne, skin inflammation with itching, rosacea surge, easy bruising, cold sores..

  • Water drop
    Fluid retention

    Puffiness in legs, hands, ankles, bloating, impression of weight gain.

  • Danger
    Hot flashes

    Night sweats, red, flushed skin, extreme sudden sweating, increased heart rate.

  • Leg
    Muscle & joints issues

    Muscle spasms, stiff joints, muscle pain. Primarily associated to PMDD.

  • Numb
    Restlessness, numbness

     Restlessness, pricking, burning, tingling, itching or numbing sensation usually felt in the arms, legs, hands, or feet.

  • Menstrual cramps

    Periods should not be painful. For women suffering from PMS and PMDD, periods become dreaded and are associated to mild or even intense lower belly pain, requiring heavy medication 

 Remember, this is not your fault
But it is your responsibility to manage your cycle and take ownership of your body. 

Current conventional treatments

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Our Solution

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    We rely on natural remedies used for centuries and forgotten by conventional medicine. With the power of plants and minerals, we look at the root cause and not at the symptoms, helping you connect back to a healthy body living in harmony with nature.

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