PMS symptoms how to survive

Let’s Start with the Basics.

PMS stinks. Well that’s about as basic as it gets.  Its symptoms affect more than 90 percent of menstruating women. No woman can avoid it. PMS symptoms generally start five to 11 days before menstruation and typically go away once menstruation begins. It’s a time when certain hormones—most significantly, estrogen and progesterone go haywire.


“Oh, duh, it’s PMS, it all makes sense now,” she mumbled through chocolate-smeared lips as the house burned behind her. Not funny. “What’s the difference between a woman with PMS and a Pit Bull? Lipstick. Not funny. As women suffer with PMS symptoms the jokes abound. PMS. Psychotic Mood Shift. Puffing Mid-Section. Pardon My Sobbing. Please, More Sweets. Hilarious. But “that time of the month” is a time of suffering that no Flaming Hot Doritos or a heating pad is going to help. The greater the hormone fluctuations, the greater the intensity of the symptoms.


And while we’re talking about hormone fluctuations, age can have a lot to do with it. In your 20s, PMS can feel like an out of control rollercoaster. You eat like an ox, bloat like a balloon, get cramps that could crumble you. By your 30s, PMS symptoms for most will begin to even out and not feel so extreme. Why?  One reason is that for many women, their 30s are the decade when they become moms, and pregnancy and breastfeeding can provide a reprieve from PMS symptoms. But for women who have been on hormonal birth control through their 20s and go off the pill to have kids, things can actually get worse. The time between going off birth control and before conception is a wild hormonal ride as natural hormones kick in and start the week-by-week fluctuations that can lead to PMS. After 40 (sorry ladies), PMS can return with a vengeance as perimenopause looms ahead. You cry like a river, your moods swing like Tarzan. More of that cyclical hormone havoc.


When it comes to treatment for PMS symptoms, there are a bunch of things bandied about out there. Supplements such as folic acid, vitamin B-6, calcium and magnesium are some suggestions. Black cohosh. Huh? Chaste berry. Huh? Can they really help level your estrogen and progesterone levels? Simple answer; NO. You need real help. Medical help. Like the proven help you’ll get from the professionals at Denver Hormone Health. The hormone experts at Denver Hormone Health have had years of experience treating conditions caused by more than 50 different hormones coursing through our bloodstreams. They understand how PMS symptoms can systematically shut you down and they know just what to do about it. Simple tests allow them to monitor your hormone levels and create a treatment plan that will ease the PMS monster that’s held your hormones and you hostage for so long. Call Denver Hormone Health for an appointment now. And get rid of PMS symptoms ASAP.


Of course, you know about menopause…the dreaded “M” word. But before we get into menopause, we should talk about its precursor; perimenopause. Many women haven’t even heard of it. Perimenopause refers to the years of hormonal upheaval that precede a woman’s final period. Usually, around age 35, progesterone, estrogen and testosterone (yes, you’ve got it) levels begin to decline and become erratic. Perimenopause varies greatly from one woman to the next. The average duration is three to four years, although it can last just a few months or extend as long as a decade. (10 years? Yikes!) While perimenopause is an extended transitional state, menopause is a point in time, defined by a lack of period for 12 months or more. The average age of menopause onset is 51 years. (But I’m too young to be in menopause!) However, this isn’t the case for everyone. (Not me, not me…please…)


Probably the first thing you think of with menopause are the dreaded hot flashes that can send a woman to an open fridge begging for icy relief. Truth is, nearly 75 percent of peri-menopausal and menopausal women experience hot flashes. But wait…oh, but wait…perimenopause and menopause can be a shipwreck to rival the Titanic:

  • Night sweats
  • Low libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss or thinning
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Breast tenderness
  • Fatigue

Sadly, Mother Nature doesn’t always play fair.


If you’re unsure what menopause entails, men are mostly clueless. All they know is that their partner can seem possessed. Moods galore, tears out of nowhere, night sweats that send them scrambling from spooning to the dry side of the bed. Insensitivity can rear its ugly head. Yes, “the change” can change things, but the key word in this case is “adapt”. This is a time when men need to communicate, ask questions, be understanding, be supportive. Menopause might not be a party, but it doesn’t mean when it comes to a relationship, the party’s over.                                                                                                               


Perimenopause and menopause can even be misunderstood by doctors. Women are often misdiagnosed with depression, anxiety and other mood disorders. As a result, millions have been placed on antidepressants unnecessarily, and needlessly placed at risk for prescription additions such as valium and other anti-anxiety medications.  These only mask the symptoms of hormonal imbalances.


Without question, perimenopause and menopause can seem like hormonal hell. Not knowing what to do about it or where to go is enough to make any woman crazy. But this doesn’t have to be a time when you feel like your body has gone rogue on you. If you want real help with the hormonal upheavals of perimenopause and menopause, you want to see the hormone experts at Denver Hormone Health.  No one knows more or understands better what you’re going through or how to get your hormones back on track than Denver Hormone Health. With state-of-the-art diagnostic hormone testing, the medical specialists at Denver Hormone Health can determine your hormone levels and create a unique treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. Perimenopause and menopause don’t have to hit the “pause” button on your life. Call Denver Hormone Health for an appointment now. Think of it as a hot flash of genius.

Hormones and Depression: It’s No Laughing Matter

Feel Like You’re Losing It?

If you’re suffering from what seems like debilitating depression, whether you’re a man or women, it’s a good chance what you’ve lost is the hormonal balance that keeps your mood in balance. And there are many different hormones that effect your moods; thyroid, adrenaline, cortisol, and the sex hormones estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. The fluctuation of these hormones has been linked to a whole gamut of mental health symptoms and unfortunately there is still a stigma that make some people view depression as weakness. No matter what you do, you feel like you’re done in. The anxiety is overpowering. At times, you’re even paralyzed with panic. You’re in a dark hole and can’t drag yourself out. The World Health Organization claims that nearly 300 million people around the world also suffer from depression. So you’re not alone. And certainly not “crazy”.

Pregnant and Hormotional

Pregnancy is supposed to be a blissful time, filled with happy anticipation. But for some, it’s filled with just plain anxiety. Feeling blue, instead of rosy pink and positive. Some women have their first experience with significant depression during pregnancy, or after pregnancy (post-partum depression). In fact, anywhere from 14 to 23 percent of pregnant women experience depression (known as antepartum depression), while an estimated 5 to 25 percent experience depression after they give birth (known as postpartum depression). Tear flow in rivers, sometimes it’s hard to get out of bed. Often, the same hormonal fluctuations that wreak premenstrual emotional havoc can lead to prenatal depression. In fact, research has found that women who suffer from pronounced PMS are at greater risk for depression during pregnancy. 

Antidepressants–Band Aids for a Multitude of Symptoms   

You can’t tell someone suffering from depression, “just snap out of it”. General practitioners and even psychiatrists offer up another solution which can come with debilitating symptoms of their own; anti-depressants to the rescue. But often, the diagnoses are inaccurate. What accounts for the upsurge in these diagnoses?  It is unlikely that we can blame it all on our brains. Human physiology changes very slowly.  Fluctuating hormones can cause depression or extreme mood shifts that can resemble bipolar disorder. Quick…more meds. Meds that can actually cause more depression, anxiety, fatigue or even racing hearts. Maybe you should be anti-antidepressants, and get your hormones checked first.

Before You Panic…

Make an appointment to see the hormone specialists at Denver Hormone Health. Every one of the doctors at Denver Hormone Health is experienced in everything that has to do with hormones and the effect on your body when they are out of balance. Including depression. At Denver Hormone Health, it is their sole mission to see if your symptoms indicate a hormone imbalance. Which they can determine with simple tests. Instead of antidepressants, they are able to restore balance naturally, by getting to the real root of your depression. And get you back to feeling free of your funk. So call Denver Hormone Health today. You’ll not only get answers, you’ll feel fabulous.