Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and related menstrual
disorders are common sources of misery among menstruating
women. Symptoms range from mild to severe enough
to interfere with family and social activities and
work (Frackiewicz EJ et al 2001).
syndicated from NWHIC
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a group of symptoms related to the menstrual cycle.
PMS symptoms occur in the week or two weeks before your period (menstruation
or monthly bleeding). The symptoms usually go away after your period starts.
PMS may interfere with your normal activities at home, school, or work. Menopause,
when monthly periods stop, brings an end to PMS.
and the Menstrual Cycle article
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Menstruation is a woman's monthly bleeding. It is also called menses,
menstrual period, or period. When a woman has her period, she is menstruating.
The menstrual blood is partly blood and partly tissue from the inside of the uterus (womb).
It flows from the uterus through the small opening in the cervix, and
passes out of the body through the vagina. Most menstrual periods last
from three to five days.
Menstrual Cramps by
For many women "that time of the month" is one they'd rather forgo.
More than half routinely experience some form of pain associated with menstruation,
say doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, and 1 in 10 suffers such severe
dysmenorrhea--menstrual pain--she cannot function normally without taking medication.
Cramps aren't the only problem women suffer in their monthly cycles. For many,
premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can be just as bothersome. PMS occurs in the last
7 to 10 days of the menstrual cycle--called the luteal phase. The time at which
these symptoms occur is very important because it's what allows doctors to track
their cyclic nature and make a diagnosis.
the Teen Scene: A Balanced Look at the Menstrual Cycle by
Some young women feel it coming days before they get it. Others are hardly aware
they have it. Friends who compare notes about their periods will probably find
that menstruation--the monthly shedding of the lining of the uterus, or womb-affects
each of them a little differently, both physically and emotionally.
Stress Syndrome article
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stress syndrome (PMS, also called Premenstrual
stress, Premenstrual tension, PMT) is stress
which is a physical symptom prior to the
onset of menstruation. PMS is exceedingly
common, occurring in 75% of women of reproductive
age during their lifetime. A more severe
form of PMS is premenstrual dysphoric disorder
(PMDD). This occurs in about 5% of women.
Both are characterized by symptoms of mood
swings, depression, anxiety and irritability
that occur prior to menses, usually in
the two week period between ovulation and
menses. It is often accompanied by physical
symptoms of abdominal bloating and cramping.
Trigger PMS Symptoms -- But Susceptibility Still a
syndicated from NIH
Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is
an "abnormal response to normal hormonal
changes," report National Institute of
Mental Health (NIMH) researchers David
Rubinow, M.D., and Peter Schmidt, M.D.,
in the January 22 New England Journal
of Medicine. "Women with PMS have
a specific susceptibility for mood problems
triggered by normal monthly cycles," said
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reproductive events include the menstrual
cycle, pregnancy, the postpregnancy period,
infertility, menopause, and sometimes,
the decision not to have children. These
events bring fluctuations in mood that
for some women include depression. Researchers
have confirmed that hormones have an effect
on the brain chemistry that controls emotions
and mood; a specific biological mechanism
explaining hormonal involvement is not
Don't Have to Suffer With PMS by
Dr. Loretta Lanphier
now know that premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
is experienced by 60% of all women. What
causes PMS has been difficult for researchers
to pin down because each woman experiences
Menopause and Asthma: Is There A Connection?by
Dr. Loretta Lanphier
to some researchers patterns of development of asthma in
the general public have indicated the possibility of some
sort of hormonal role. Asthma involves inflammation that
constricts muscles in the airways, causing attacks of wheezing
and shortness of breath. An estimated 20 million Americans,
including 14 million adults, are affected by asthma. The
thought process is that the changes in estrogen and progesterone
levels that occur during the menstrual cycle may cause constriction
of the airways.
Treatment Approved for Severe Premenstrual Symptoms article
syndicated from FDA
popular antidepressant Prozac now has another use and another
name. FDA approved fluoxetine (Sarafem) in July for the
treatment of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). Fluoxetine
was approved in 1987 under the name of Prozac for treating
depression, and has also been approved for treating obsessive-compulsive
disorder and bulimia. The manufacturer, Eli Lilly, of Indianapolis,
Ind., renamed the drug Sarafem for its new use to treat
Tips for Women with PMS by
Susun S. Weed
Water retention, mood swings, sore breasts, and indigestion are problems experienced
by many women in the week preceeding menstruation. Here are a few tips from Susun
Weed's best-selling book, NEW Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way (Alternatives
for Women 30- 90) to help ease these discomforts.
for PMS (PMDD)? by
Dr. Joseph Mercola
Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly is promoting Sarafem as a miracle pill for women
suffering from PMDD, a 'mental disorder' not yet proved to exist. What's more,
Eli Lilly admits that Sarafem has the same active ingredient as
Prozac, complete with the same dangerous side effects.
B6 May Relieve PMS article
syndicated from www.mercola.com
Taking low doses of vitamin B6 daily may be effective in relieving the symptoms
of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), including depression, according to British researchers.
There is evidence to suggest that 50 milligrams daily of vitamin B6 is likely
to be beneficial in treating premenstrual syndrome and, at this stage, there
is no conclusive evidence of neurological side effects.
Taking a New Look by
It isn't surprising that many people have dismissed reflexology. After all, there
just isn't any obvious reason why a simple massage of the feet would have any
kind of important therapeutic benefit. Sure, we can all agree that it might be
pleasurable - even very relaxing - but, that is about it, right? There is absolutely
no precedent for the basic premise of reflexology that areas of the feet correspond
to other parts of the body, and, that stimulation of these areas of the feet
therapeutically relaxes the corresponding parts of the body!
Controlled Study of Premenstrual Symptoms Treated with
Ear, Hand, and Foot Reflexology
Terry Oleson, PhD and William Flocco - This
study was designed to determine whether reflexology treatment
can significantly reduce premenstrual symptoms compared to a
placebo treatment. Thirty-five women who complained of previous
distress with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) were randomly assigned
to be treated by ear, hand and foot reflexology or to receive
Yourself PMS-Free by
Visualization and positive
thinking are beneficial tools for everybody
- from a cancer patient who pictures
his immune system attacking cancer cells
to an athlete who rehearses her winning
performance in her mind. The power of
this mind/body technique is real. In
fact, a study from the University of
California, Davis, Medical Center suggests
that patients controlled the amount of
blood they lost during surgery by doing
a pre-surgical visualization in which
they directed blood away from their incision.
and The Yeast Connection by
Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D.
or PMS can make life miserable, momentarily
or monthly, for 90 percent of American
women. It's a mishmash of symptoms--bloating,
cramping, tender breasts, irritability,
food cravings and a dozen other symptoms--that
can occur in the luteal phase of a woman's
menstrual cycle (right after ovulation
until the menstrual flow begins).
- Premenstrual Syndrome by
Millions of women experience
symptoms of PMS every month. Crying spells,
nervousness, anxiety, depression, bloating,
headache, fatigue…The list goes
on. Each woman is unique as to the degree
of severity and discomfort she will experience
and this will vary from month to month.
to Menopause & PMS Tips Newsletter
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