Do you really have PMS? How can you unlock the mysteries of PMS and find PMS remedies that work for you? You may not think you’re an expert or that you have the answers. But believe it or not, you do. Ask yourself the following 15 questions, and let the answers come to you.
1. Have you noticed certain symptoms that cause distress to you and problems in your day-to-day activities and relationships?
2. Do most of the symptoms you noted occur 1-2 weeks before your period?
3. Do most of the symptoms you noted disappear by the end of your period?
4. Are most of the symptoms present every month (for at least the two previous menstrual periods)?
If your answers are yes to all of above, it is likely that you are experiencing PMS. Understanding your menstrual and PMS history is an important step toward finding the right PMS remedies for you. If you wind up seeking professional advice, this information will be invaluable to your health care providers as well.
So take out a piece of paper and a pen…
Look back at your life, unlock the PMS mysteries and take the first step toward identifying the PMS remedies that work best for you.
5. Do you have regular menstrual cycles? How long is your menstrual cycle on average?
6. How old were you when you started your first period? What were your first and the most powerful experiences? What feelings did they evoke in you?
7. How old were you when PMS first began? What were your first and the most powerful experiences? What feelings did they evoke in you?
8. Do you recall a specific event around the time of your first PMS occurrence? For example, your first period, following childbirth, or the use of birth control pills?
9. Which PMS symptoms are most severe or distressing to you? What aspects of your life do they affect the most?
10. What is the pattern of your PMS symptoms during a typical menstrual cycle? How many days before or after your period do you notice the symptoms? Do they occur during ovulation?
11. Do you generally have the same symptoms every cycle? Does the severity change from month to month?
12. Does anything in particular seem to worsen or alleviate your symptoms? For example, stress, diet, exercise, sleep, alcohol, birth control pills, or medication?
13. How is your overall health and wellbeing? Do you notice any chronic condition that seems to be related to where you are in your menstrual cycle?
14. How is your overall lifestyle? How healthy is it in the areas of diet & nutrition, exercise, sleep, physical activities, stress and relationships?
15. Envision your life free of PMS and illness. What is it like? How do you feel? What changes do you want to make in your life to live more vibrantly and joyfully?
As you work though those questions, let images, feelings and thoughts emerge naturally. The patterns and answers may occur to you fairly quickly. Or it may take days and even weeks for you to connect the dots.
Take your time. Even though there are many recommended PMS remedies, we all have unique physical and mental structures as well as lifestyles, so it’s important to reflect on your own situations, and experiment to find what works best for you. I’m curious to hear what you’ve found. Please leave me a note!