What is PMS?

Man is born to suffer, but woman is born to suffer more”– or so the saying goes.

It is time to recognize the physiological reality of PMS. No one knows the precise cause of PMS, although many theories exist. A major obstacle to a complete and clear understanding of PMS is the lack of a single theory that accurately describe ALL the woman who suffer from it. No one key unlocks all the doors.

Over 150 symptoms have been associated with PMS. The symptoms vary in length and severity from woman to woman as well as from month to month from the same person. They can also change throughout a woman’s adult life.

What is PMS? /

Tuning in to your woman is caring, You will know when it’s coming.

Tuning in to your woman is caring, You will know when it’s coming.

Most theories focus on hormonal deficiencies and imbalances. Fluid retention, a common “symptom”, may actually be a cause.

Poor nutrition and low blood sugar have been linked to PMS. There are theories that the hypothalamus is also linked to PMS. This gland coordinates many processes in the body. When it isn’t functioning properly, the body’s natural harmony is effected. PMS upsets the delicate balance of a woman’s body with monthly regularity. Those who suffer from mild symptoms may feel that “something just isn’t right”, while those unfortunate woman who suffer the most severe symptoms feel that “something is wrong”. The off-balance experience of PMS causes many woman to feel they don’t recognize themselves. It’s as if everything in your life is a quarter of an inch off.

We react psychologically and physically to all chemical processes that occur in our bodies. However, with other, less disturbing “everyday” process, we are often unaware of our reactions. It is a little known fact that men can be affected psychologically as well as neurologically by their own hormones, thought not in the same manner as women. But, due to the generally predictable nature of hormonal activity in males, we usually don’t realize that they also have hormonal changes.

Hundreds of millions of women suffer from PMS. Around 35% of women between the ages of puberty and menopause experience PMS worldwide, but they are not the only victims. They are also hundreds of millions of loved ones who suffer its effects in their personal lives.

Children are particularly sensitive and vulnerable. They do not understand anything about their mother’s sudden mood swings. Studies have found that at the same time that mothers are suffering from PMS symptoms, their children are likely to be experiencing emotional and physical problems.

For some women this can be a highly productive and creative time. Artistic people are most likely to benefit from the extra sensitivity they experience.

His & Hers PMS Calendar on The Doctors TV show.