Three simple saliva tests during your
monthly cycle. Supplement on the
right days to reduce PMS.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimates that at least 85 percent of menstruating women have at least 1 PMS symptom as part of their monthly cycle. Symptoms can vary widely from one woman to another and from one cycle to another.
The exact cause of PMS is a heavily debated subject, but it is generally believed to be related to the significant drop in progesterone levels during the latter part (luteal phase) of the female cycle. PMS occurs more frequently in women over the age of 30, but can affect girls in their teens as well. Other related factors that are known to aggravate PMS are vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and stress.
Common physical and behavioral symptoms associated with PMS are:
• Breast tenderness
• Heavy Bleeding
• Short cycles
• Mood swings
A look at a woman’s cycle over the course of a month will show the significant hormone changes that take place. The ratio between estradiol (80% of total estrogen) and progesterone plays a key role, and contributes to most PMS related symptoms.
The first half of a woman’s cycle (follicular phase) begins with menstruation, and generally ends around day 14, when estradiol levels are at their peak and progesterone levels are still low. About day 14 (beginning of luteal phase), progesterone levels begin to rise, and continue to rise until about day 21. If a woman is not pregnant, then the progesterone levels begin to drop significantly after day 21 and bottom out about day 28. This sharp drop in progesterone is when PMS symptoms usually occur, with menstruation beginning shortly thereafter.
Managing progesterone levels during the luteal phase of a woman’s cycle has shown to be an extremely effective way to help lessen or even eliminate symptoms associated with PMS.
Using a home based salivary hormone test and a high quality progesterone cream (progesterone is absorbed and utilized best, taken as a cream applied to the skin), a baseline can be established and progesterone levels can be safely and effectively controlled and monitored during the month, in order to help eliminate PMS symptoms. This approach along with a healthy lifestyle is proving to be one of the best natural solutions available to help manage PMS.