Ladies, I think we can all agree that whenever that time of the month rolls around,along with all of its uninvited PMS symptoms, NO ONE is having fun. From bloating to fatigue, breast tenderness, cramps and irritability, getting your period flat out sucks.
For most women, PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) symptoms are relatively tolerable, however for others, they can be so bad that they’re actually debilitating and keep you from going about your day-this is what is known as PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder.)
PMS and PMDD are often confused with each other because of their shared physical and mental health symptoms but the distinction between the two is the severity of those symptoms. It’s normal to encounter mood swings, headaches,changes in appetite and sleep habits but if you’re experiencing any emotional and/or behavioral symptoms such as hopelessness, extreme irritability, anger, depression or anxiety, then you may be suffering from PMDD.
PMDD should also not be mistaken for other medical issues such as thyroid imbalance or generalized depression or anxiety, this is why it’s recommended you get a proper diagnosis from your OB-GYN or health care provider. Being aware of how severe your symptoms are and when they occur is important for differentiating between the two disorders which will make all the difference when it comes to seeking medical attention and managing your health.
As for treatment, those experiencing PMS symptoms should exercise regularly to release endorphins (happy chemicals), avoid an excess amount of caffeine, salt and sugar to decrease bloating, reduce stress through yoga or meditation and take a dietary supplement containing Vitamin B6 (hello #Mood Pills!)
PMDD can also be easily managed with similar lifestyle changes such as eating a more balanced diet by consuming fiber, proteins and healthy fats in every meal-remember what you put into your body directly impacts your hormones which then determines your mood and energy levels so keep your diet clean to keep your body happy!
Birth control and other medications such as a class of antidepressants called SSRIs (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are also recommended for the treatment of PMDD but our #Mood Pills can help to make a significant difference in your mood as well, hence the name. With ingredients such as Organic St. Johns Wort, Organic Chasteberry, Organic Ginkgo Biloba, this dietary supplement will help to keep your mood in check by treating your feelings of depression and having you feel like you again.
Mother Nature trusted us women to do it all but that doesn’t mean you have to do it solo, listen to your body and don’t be afraid or embarrassed to seek the help you need, you are not alone!