Hormonal imbalances that cause PMS can be caused by hormone imbalances, diet choices, digestive issues, lack of sleep, environmental toxins, stress, and even nutritional imbalances. These root causes can be easily missed, therefore confusion around PMS and how to treat it still exists.
Examples of PMS symptoms include :
- Anger and irritability
- Anxiety, tension
- Crying, oversensitivity
- Exaggerated mood swings
- Joint or muscle pain
- Weight gain
- Abdominal bloating
- Breast tenderness
- Constipation or diarrhea
A Traditional Approach
When birth control pills are the first line therapy to alleviate a woman’s symptoms she is not addressing the root cause. Instead the symptoms are masked with the pills. What’s less commonly known is the birth control pills themselves pose several health risks.
Birth control pills contain synthetic hormones, such as ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone, which are not recognized or broken down by the body in the same way as natural hormones. Birth control pills disrupt your natural hormone levels by keeping estrogen levels high which can lead to a myriad of health concerns. Some of these risks include cancer (breast, uterine, cervical), yeast overgrowth (GI tract), cardiovascular (blood clots, stroke, heart attack), liver toxicity (worse with certain vitamin deficiencies), increased sex-hormone-binding-globulin (decreases testosterone and thyroid hormone).
The Functional Medicine Approach
Hormonal imbalances have become one of the major health issues for women and in recent years are only on the rise. Many people don’t make the connection between hormone imbalance and a long list of life-draining symptoms including moodiness, anxiety, issues with sleep, and even loss of memory.
The Functional Medicine approach is to not only understand the root cause of any imbalance, but also how other systems in your body may be impacted. A close look at diet, lifestyle, and possible functional lab testing often help aid in finding appropriate treatment or interventions.
At Wichita Health and Hormone Clinic, the focus is on identifying the root cause of your PMS so we can personalize a plan that safely addresses your symptoms.
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