I have been eating primal for about 6 months and have seen HUGE improvements in my overall health and digestive issues. I was feeling very malnourished and now I feel great! One area though that has not budged in the slightest is my PMS/PMDD. I have always had mood issues during PMS but they seem to have gotten worse in the past few years.
About a year and a half ago I stopped taking oral contraceptives (I had been on them 16 years, was put on them at 14 to regulate very heavy, every-two-months periods). I'm happy that my periods have been just fine off of them, maybe even better (lighter, less cramping, etc).
When I went primal back in April I started taking Calcium D-Glucarate, DIM, and rx strength progesterone cream/sublingual drops (100mg). At the end of the ten-day period where I'm taking the progesterone, I start having PMS that lasts for about one week. Most days I'm moody, frustrate easily, have a short temper, etc but there are one or two days of severe depression and fatigue. After this week of hell, I start feeling better mentally, start cramping (not severe but it's there) then get my period.
This has been going pretty steady and I have seen no improvement in my mood. I'm feeling like stopping the progesterone, that at that strength I should see a big improvement so I don't think it's helping. I'm also wondering if there are other supplements and herbs I should try, like 5-htp or St John's Wort. Considering the supplements, would I take them daily or just when I think the PMS is going to start? Have any of you had success with supplements such as these to treat PMS?
I am drinking alcohol, caffeine (mostly tea) and eating a little dairy, in the past I have been off of them for months at a time, again with no effect on my moods during PMS. I am 30 years old and moderately active, and have severe gluten intolerance.
Any wise words would be much appreciated, by me and my patient boyfriend ; )
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on November 16, 2011
at 11:27 PM
I was looking up PMS symptoms earlier today. I read that eostrogen can affect calcium/magnesium levels. Are you still using the progesterone? Perhaps this could be a factor?
Zinc, magnesium & vitamin b6 have been implicated with PMS.
I know from baby forums that a lot of women with mebstrual problems like to take Agnis Castus. And of course, omega balance seems to be a biggie too (evening primrose oil/borage oil).
FWIW, I had cramps this month - I usually only get mood swings. I am definitely better on paleo. But, I knew this month would be off due to my falling off the wagon & eating gluten!
Keep at it, it took me quite a few months before my moods wings prevailed.
on November 16, 2011
at 08:11 PM
Have you tried magnesium supplements - I would try these every day. It might help to cut out caffeine ... at least during the PMS days.
on March 12, 2012
at 11:39 PM
Thanks for the update Lyn. I hope you have some more success with the new doctor. Good luck with the salivia test. the couple i have had definately confirm high estrogen levels. I'd be very interested in what he/she says by way of estrogen detox. Agaist my better judgement, i have been trialling an oral contraceptive for the last week - definately not feeling any better. Those 4/5 days of dowm time can be very tough, but i hold out hope that there is some way to get through them without taking such medication. I'm currently taking a herbal supplement called resillan - seems to assisting with my mood and general well being. maybe worth a try?
on March 08, 2012
at 12:52 AM
What about excercise? I don't know if it would help you or not...I also get wicked mood swings with hormonal shifts. I've been eating better, but just this last 4 weeks I started going to yoga 3x per week and my period shortened by several days. I'm curious if this will affect my overall pms as well. I've never had a four day period before, it's always been eight days.
Also, if I were you I would try hitting a tanning bed or getting some sun a few days prior and then during as well. Maybe that could help along with your vit D with energy levels. I think I'm going to try the suggestion of borage oil for myself.
on March 07, 2012
at 10:56 AM
interesting. I have very similar symptoms, most notably the severe depression just prior to my period, which eases afterwards. My prescription has been exactly the same dim, calcium d, and progesterone- with little success. My gp did try to get me to take a low dose anti depressant but I didn't like it at all. Trialling the pill now. Can let u know, would appreciate hearing if u have had any more success! :)
on November 17, 2011
at 04:30 AM
I'm a fan of Evening Primrose Oil 1000 mg/day to ward off PMS and its evil symptoms.