PMS & PERIOD PROBLEMS
PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and other period problems like missing, irregular, heavy, long, or painful periods may be common but are not normal. If you are experiencing period problems it could be a sign that something is out of balance in the body.
Do you ever have any of the following thoughts?
I struggle at that time of the month
I have terrible PMS
I feel run down, depleted, and moody when I’m about to get my period
I hate feeling awful every month
I recently stopped birth control and my period is not regular
I just want guidance on how to have a healthy, regular cycle
My cramps and period pain are interfering with my day-to-day
My period went missing
My period is long and heavy
My period is irregular and I’m left guessing as to when it will show up
If you are experiencing PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and other period problems it is helpful to understand the root causes that can explain why this is happening.
Symptoms of PMS & Period problems
headache and migraine
hot flashes or night sweats
low self-esteem or confidence
mood swings, weepiness
swollen and tender breasts
Causes of Period problems
The root cause of your period problem could be related to many different issues. It is important to understand what is causing the imbalance in order to properly heal.
AMENORRHEA: this is when your period is missing for more than 3 months
ADRENAL OR THYROID IMBALANCES: either or both can result in a missing period
AMENORRHEA POST-BIRTH CONTROL: upon stopping birth control your period is missing
INSUFFICIENT CALORIE INTAKE: if the body lacks the fat and nutrients necessary to produce hormones your period can go missing
LOW BODY WEIGHT: this can be related to a missing period
MENOPAUSE: periods stop as the ovaries no longer release an egg each month (occurs for most women in their 40s or 50s but signs of perimenopause can start in your mid-30s or 40s)
PRIMARY OVARIAN INSUFFICIENCY: menopause comes earlier than expected
PREGNANCY: if your period is missing it is important to check for possible pregnancy
POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME (PCOS): a hormonal condition characterized by metabolic imbalances, enlarged ovaries with small cysts, and in some cases elevated androgens that results in irregular cycles
HEAVY OR LONG PERIODS
ENDOMETRIAL HYPERPLASIA: thickening of the uterine wall that can result in heavy periods
FIBROIDS: abnormal growths within the uterus can result in heavy periods
IRON-DEFICIENCY ANEMIA: blood loss with heavy periods can result in iron loss + over time could lead to iron-deficiency anemia
ENDOMETRIOSIS: growth of endometrial tissue (uterine lining) outside of the uterus that can result in painful periods
ESTROGEN DOMINANCE: elevated estrogen or estrogen elevated in relation to other hormones (low progesterone) can result in painful periods
As part of my approach to get to the root cause I look at all possible contributing factors related to the mind + body to properly heal:
EATING HABITS: what we eat can shape how we feel especially with excessive sugar, low protein, inadequate nutrient dense foods, and reliance on caffeine
BLOOD SUGAR IMBALANCE: when blood sugar fluctuates between high and low it can result in low energy, fatigue, and moodiness
POOR GUT HEALTH: IBS, SIBO, leaky gut, infections, gut bacteria imbalances (dysbiosis), and candida overgrowth are a few contributors that can alter nutrient absorption + impact your body’s ability to utilize the vitamins and minerals it needs
LIFESTYLE: lack of sleep, lack of regular exercise, lack of consistent relaxation practices and drug or alcohol use can all contribute to period problems
ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS: a high load of toxins or heavy metals in the body from products we use or consume can contribute to period problems
CHRONIC EMOTIONAL STRESS: anxiety, depression, grief, moodiness, irritability, financial concerns
WORK-RELATED STRESS: shift work, long hours, irregular hours, stressful environment
Solutions from Composed Nutrition
We work together to identify the root causes of the symptoms you are feeling. You will first complete a comprehensive health assessment prior to our first appointment. We then begin the first session by reviewing what your assessment reveals about your health and get started on attainable changes to start seeing relief from your PMS and period problems right away.
We focus on setting a balanced nutrition foundation and develop a plan that may include herbal and nutrient supplements to support your monthly cycle, using seed cycling to restore hormonal balance, tailoring your exercise routine to your energy and hormone levels, and incorporating a morning and night routine to ease your period problems. We will discuss how to align your food, exercise, and life with the four phases of your menstrual cycle.
During our time together I will equip you with the tools to take control of your health. Together we will customize a plan that works best for you with your goals in mind.
We can discuss ways to reset your mind to ease your period problems:
Learning how to set healthy boundaries to protect your energy
Identifying tips for more restful sleep
Discovering stress management techniques
Reframing negative self-talk + tuning into your body
Exploring spiritual practices like mindfulness + meditation
We may also utilize functional lab testing to uncover potential imbalances related to your period problems from the convenience and privacy of your own home. We will discuss the results, what they mean, and how to correct imbalances that may be at the root of your period problems.
Common tests I use to help identify the root causes of period problems:
We will consider all pieces of the Composed Nutrition wheel to achieve optimal health and get you feeling like yourself again.
Are we a good fit?
Let me get to know you + share how we can work together to lessen the symptoms of your PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and other period problems so you can start feeling like yourself again.