By Dr Zeenobiyah McGowan Ph.D.
What are Fibroids?
A diagnosis of uterine fibroids can be a scary thing, but it does not necessarily mean what you think. Fibroids are tumors, but they are almost always non-cancerous. Ninety-seven percent of the time, they do not even have an impact on fertility. It is a common problem that affects many women. They are most likely to be found in your childbearing years (20s and 30s) but they can be diagnosed at any time. It is, however, rare for this diagnosis to take place after menopause.
By Robyn Srigley, BA, PTS, CNP, NNCP
Big or small, round or droopy– breasts are a part of our lives every day! Whether we wish they were bigger or smaller or perkier, they are here to stay and we should love them with all we’ve got! It’s pretty common knowledge that most women at some point feel PMS symptoms (up to 90%). One of the major symptoms is breast pain or tenderness.
This is something I’ve ALWAYS suffered with. Some cycles, it would be just a little discomfort or swelling, and sometimes I’ve had cycles where I can hardly move or breathe without pain. For me, it was part of my PCOS, a hormonal imbalance that plagues women with severe PMS, among other things. So how can we kick this pain in the boob to the curb?
There could be many causes of breast pain in relation to PMS. I’m going to talk briefly about the top 3 causes. Take a gander and see where YOU fit in!Read More… >>
Until my 20’s, I struggled with PMS. Whether it was backaches, migraines, excessive cramping, etc. it was a constant struggle. I always did the obvious, painkillers, PMS tea, read all the tips from magazines and it seemed, nothing worked. It wasn’t until my late 20’s I met a modern day goddess (and yoga guru), Zahra Haji. She fashioned unique practices for women to connect with their feminine energy, under her business Yoga Goddess. Amongst her different series of classes, she had a very special offering Moon Goddess. This class focused on how women’s bodies connect spiritually with the moon, and how women are cyclical just like the moon. Each phase of the moon, connected with one of the four phases of the monthly cycle a woman goes through. It was through this series of kundalini yoga, meditations, and using specific yoga poses for each part of the cycle I go through with my body, that helped me achieve the most important success in my struggle with PMS; love and acceptance of my body, what I go through and how it makes me unique.
By Samantha Gluck
As the name implies, women experience the symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) for one to two weeks before their monthly menstruation begins. For some women, these symptoms are very mild and barely noticeable, but for others the symptoms cause considerable emotional, physical, and psychological discomfort.
Don’t let PMS symptoms stop you from enjoying life.
Lifestyle Affects PMS Severity
Some research suggests that a woman’s lifestyle has a significant impact on the severity of PMS symptoms. Women, who smoke, drink excessive alcohol and caffeine, do not exercise, and get inadequate sleep experience more pronounced symptoms associated with PMS. Oral contraceptives may affect the severity of symptoms as well. Some women report that oral contraceptives make the symptoms worse, while others report relief from PMS as a result of the birth control pill. This difference is likely due to the type of pill taken and the individual body chemistry and metabolism of the woman taking them. Talk to your OB/GYN physician if you feel the birth control pill is making your PMS worse.
-Symptoms of PMS-
The physical conditions, associated with PMS, include bloating and water retention, breast tenderness, acne, uterine cramps, dizziness, and heart palpitations. Everyone’s body is unique and reacts differently to the hormonal changes that occur during a menstrual cycle. You may experience all or some of these symptoms; or a completely different set of physical discomforts during the time before your period.
Emotional and Psychological
Some women’s bodies are very sensitive to the hormonal fluctuations occurring during the menstrual cycle. These hormonal fluctuations can also cause dramatic emotional changes and behavioral deviations. Women, who experience considerable physical discomfort because of PMS, may also have mood swings, irritability, weepiness, depression, and changes in sexual desire. Make your OB/GYN doctor aware of any period of time where your depression, weepiness, and other PMS manifestations, seem out of control or seem to be interfering with your daily routine.
Treatments for PMS Relief
In addition to lifestyle changes, such as getting enough exercise and sleep; eating right; and limiting your intake of alcohol and caffeine; you have other options available that may help relieve symptoms. The supplements calcium and B6 affect the endocrine system, which produces the hormones responsible for the physical and emotional discomforts of PMS in some women. Preliminary research shows that taking the recommended daily allowance of these supplements may help improve the physical symptoms of PMS and depression as well.
Many women find that taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), relieve joint and muscle paint often present during the premenstrual period. One example of an effective NSAID is ibuprofen. Your OB/GYN may prescribe a class of anti-depressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) for use only during the days leading up to menstruation. Birth control pills that contain estrogen and drosperinone, sold under the brand name YAZ, are effective in relieving all or most PMS symptoms.
Do Something About Your PMS Discomfort
Don’t let PMS symptoms interfere with your life anymore. Make an appointment at your local OB/GYN clinic to discuss your symptoms with a doctor. He or she can offer advice and, if necessary, prescribe medications to improve your symptoms.
By Samantha Gluck
Health and Medical Information for the Professional and Layperson
Among the menstruating women, a painful menstruation or menstrual cramps are quite common. Medically this problem is termed as Dysmenorrhea. Mainly younger women experience this painful menstrual cramp. Usually this symptom gradually subsides after pregnancy or with the older age. For some women these menstrual cramps may be severe, while many women may not even experience this pain at all throughout their fertility period. Usually this painful cramp starts before 2-3 days prior to menstruation and gradually subsides in 1-2 days after periods.
Some of the important symptoms of this painful menstruation are varying degrees of pain in the abdominal and pelvic area during the periods; other symptoms include vomiting, nausea, loose motion and also dizziness. These are the symptoms which accompany painful menstruation.
Women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) experience a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).As with PMS, the physical and emotional symptoms occur about a week before menstruation starts and dissipate soon after. Unlike PMS, PMDD symptoms disrupt and interfere with social, work, and relationship activities. OB/GYN physicians can prescribe medication to women, who meet the criteria for PMDD, to reduce the symptoms as well as educate patients about lifestyle choices thought to help minimize the physical manifestations of the condition naturally.
PMDD Signs and Symptoms
While over 30 percent of women with regular menstrual cycles experience common PMS symptoms, only 3 % to 8 % of menstruating women meet the diagnostic criteria for PMDD. Read More… >>
If you have thrush, or even if you don’t, irritation from tampons and pads may be causing you discomfort. Gynecologists say that up to a third of women with symptoms of vaginal itching, soreness and/or discharge may be experiencing the symptoms of Vulval Dermatitis or Intimate Irritation.
Studies* carried out amongst 40 British gynecologists with further research conducted amongst their Canadian colleagues rev ealed that nearly 4 out of 5 gynecologists felt that their patients, suffering with intimate irritation, were experiencing sensitivity to synthetic fabrics, sanitary protection and toiletries. 50% of the gynecologists then go on to recommend the use of natural, chemical-free sanitary protection to help alleviate the symptoms.
Mr David Nunns, Consultant Gynecologist at Nottingham City Hospital, said “Irritancy is a very common issue amongst women in the UK, and is still frequently mistaken for thrush. This study has shown that expert gynecologists across the globe have recognized that sanitary protection may be a causative agent in triggering vulval irritancy and so switching to natural, chemical free protection may help alleviate troublesome symptoms for many women.”