Trying to make sense of your PMS and period symptoms? Read on to learn the 4 general PMS and Period Types, as well as the specific tips on how to improve.
In the past, I didn’t really pay much attention to my menstruation.
I was always glad that it came as it was supposed to, but I often dreaded the pain and discomfort that I had to go through.
As I’m learning more about the science and mysteries of menstruation, however, my attitude has made a dramatic shift.
Now I feel truly blessed for my menstruation, because I’ve discovered the gifts it brings – valuable information about the state of our health, and hints on how to take care of ourselves.
4 PMS and Period Symptoms Types
Of course, this is a rather simplified overview. In reality, each one of us is quite unique and our profiles can be much more diverse and complicated.
Nevertheless, I find the following 4 types offer a general direction for us to understand our own health profiles (based on our genetic, physical, hormonal, as well as mental, emotional and environmental makeups).
And this provides a basis for us to explore, experiment, and find out what works for each of us.
The Cold Type
This type is usually associated with a feeling of cold and dull pain/cramping during menstruation, especially around the lower abdominal area. Applying something warm such as a heating pad usually helps relieve the discomfort.
The cold type may have an underlying progesterone deficiency, as one of the major roles of progesterone is to raise the basal body temperature.
It’s important for the cold type to stay warm, especially the lower part of the body. Avoid sitting on the cold floor, walking with bare feet on a cold surface, and eating cold temperature foods/drinks.
Personally I’m a cold type. To keep myself warm during my menses, I like to soak my feet in warm water, drink Yogi Moon Cycle Tea, and keep my belly warm with a heating pad 1-2 days before my period and while I’m menstruating.
If your progesterone levels are low, you also want to address the underlying imbalance. Try to understand the specific causes of your progesterone deficiency and learn natural ways to increase progesterone naturally.
The Stressful Type
This type characterizes many familiar premenstrual symptoms – mood swings, depression, irritability, anger outbursts, alternating between food cravings and a poor appetite, diarrhea and constipation, breast tenderness, and bloating.
The stressful type may have an underlying estrogen dominance. Too much estrogens in the body can jam up the liver, hindering its ability to digest foods and purify the blood. This can produce various signs of estrogen domiance.
Regularity is very important for the stressful type. Keep a regular daily rhythm – go to bed and wake up, consistently, at the same time every day.
Find ways to de-stress on a daily basis, so it doesn’t build up and become over-powering. Create a balanced lifestyle to keep PMS at bay. And learn to express emotions constructively and channel them for creative use.
The Blood Deficiency Type
These women tend to experience fatigue, dizziness, vertigo, dry skin, blurred vision, brittle nails, poor memory and concentration, and lower back pain, especially around menstruation.
The menstrual blood is usually scant, and pink or light red in color. It’s also common to have a delayed period, sometimes up to 40 days.
Healthy blood is essential for the production of estrogen and ovulation. So blood deficiency can lead to, or accompany with, estrogen deficiency.
Make sure you get plenty of sleep and rest, and nourish your blood especially after menstruation.
Additionally, if you have an underlying estrogen deficiency, learn to use natural ways to boost your estrogen levels.
The Fatigue Type
The symptoms for the fatigue type may include poor appetite, shortness of breath (especially on exertion), frequent loose stools, and mental and physical exhaustion.
The fatigue type also tends to accumulate body fluid (edema) in the lower part of the body, such as swollen feet and ankles.
The menstrual blood is usually light red, sometimes heavy and sometimes scanty. The duration of period is usually short.
The fatigue type may have an underlying progesterone deficiency, similar to the Cold Type.
The key for the fatigue type is to strengthen the digestive system. Eat small and frequent meals. Make sure to have a nutritious breakfast.
The above characterize the four most basic types of PMS and period symptoms.
In reatlity, you may find yourself experiencing symptoms described in more than just one type.
The Cold Type and the Stressful Type
The Cold Type and the Blood Deficiency Type
The Cold Type and the Fatigue Type
The Blood Deficiency Type and the Fatigue Type
In our body, the blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the cells. When the blood is deficient, there may be symptoms of fatigue, depression, anxiety, and a general feeling of malaise.
The Stressful Type and the Fatigue Type
Since adrenal fatigue can lead to estrogen dominance and progesterone deficiency, it’s also common to see a combination of the Stressful Type and the Fatigue Type (and even the Cold Type).
If you have a combination type, it’s important to address both imbalances concurrently. However, it may help to prioritize as one type tends to be more predominant than the other.
I hope this article offers you a deeper understanding of your reproductive health – and a practical roadmap to begin to restore balance and harmony in your menstrual cycles.
So, which type are you? Please leave a comment to share your questions and experiences.
Your PMS and Period Type is not set in stone. It can change at different phases of your life cycle (e.g., pregnancy, postpartum, perimenopause, etc.)
For example, my type has changed from The Cold Type and the Stressful Type (when I wrote this article) to The Cold Type and The Fatigue Type (as of now).
It’s important to pay attention to the changes in our body and honor its needs, as it has a supreme intelligence that can guide us toward balance and harmony.
Chasteberry (proven to help treat low progesterone and regulate menstrual cycles in more than 60 years of clinical research, including 5 randomized trials)
Vitamin B6 (one of the best vitamins to boost progesterone)
Progesterone Cream (bio-identical hormonal support)
Reduce Estrogen Dominance
Liver Cleanse Detox and Repair Formula (support liver functions)
Dim Plus (improve estrogen metabolism)
Support Adrenal and Thyroid Functions
Adrenal Health Daily Support (promote overall hormone balance)
Thyroid Support Complex (support energy and metabolism)
Once Daily Organic Whole Food Vitamin Supplement (provide essential nutrients for health and hormone balance)
Liquid Iron (support healthy blood)
Fish Oil (help reduce inflammation and support overall health)
The Hormone Cure, by Dr. Sara Gottfried
Cooking for Hormone Balance, by Magdalena Wszelaki