Is PMS Affecting Your Productivity At Work?

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Premenstrual tension syndrome, or PMS, is something most women have suffered with at least once in their lives (if they’re lucky). Periods in general are often downplayed and waved off as ‘that time of the month’. PMS is joked about and rarely is it treated as a health issue that can impact your everyday life, albeit for a few days a month. But new research is giving us cause pause for thought when it comes to our approach. A recent study has revealed that painful periods can result in nine days of low productivity a year. Read More…

Suffering From PMS

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Q. My daughter appears to be suffering from premenstrual syndrome (PMS), is there a test she could take and would the herb agnus castus be appropriate to try?

A. According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (rcog.org.uk), ‘Forty per cent of women experience PMS symptoms. Of those, five to eight per cent suffer severely. PMS encompasses psychological sympyoms such as depression, anxiety and irritability, with physical symptoms typically bloatedness and mastalgia [breast pain].’ Read More…

Symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

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What is Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)?

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a concern that occurs in some women between two and fourteen days of the onset of the periodic cycle. Also known as PMS, Premenstrual Syndrome is a series of physical, emotional and psychological symptoms related to the menstrual cycle and affects between 2 percent and 5 percent of menstruating women. PMS is distinctly different from the “normal” discomforts of a period because the intensity of the symptoms are usually far more severe.

What are the symptoms of PMS?

There are many symptoms associated with PMS and these vary in different individuals. The intensity and duration from one cycle to another varies however predominantly the symptoms are much more severe with premenstrual syndrome and the most common symptoms used to evaluate if a woman is suffering from PMS include: Read More…

Coping With Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a condition which occurs between 7 and 14 days before menstruation. The symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome are thought to arise as a result of an imbalance in female hormones, mostly an excess of oestrogen in relation to progesterone. Typical symptoms include headaches, tender breasts, bloating, abdominal cramping, irritability and often a lack of energy. There are a number of remedies that are recommended to alleviate Premenstrual Syndrome and often the consumer is faced with having to take several supplements when this may not be necessary. I am going to outline a simple regimen which for the majority helps alleviate this concern.

Firstly, I would recommend the use of ChasteBerry Fruit by Swanson. This traditional herb, also known as Agnus Castus, acts on the pituitary gland to increase the secretion of luteinising hormone which leads to greater production of progesterone during the second half of the menstrual cycle. In this way, ChasteBerry Fruit exerts a balancing effect on the activity of the female sex hormones and hence alleviates many premenstrual symptoms. Read More…