PMS differs from all other disorders because the diagnosis does not depend on the type of symptoms you suffer from, but on the time when your symptoms appear and disappear. Dr. Katharina Dalton of the U.K., a leading specialist who first used the term “premenstrual syndrome” defines it as the presence of recurrent symptoms before menstruation with the complete absence of symptoms after menstruation. Doctors have identified at least 150 symptoms that occur in PMS but fortunately, because all of us are different, no one has all of them! Among the most common are bloating, headache, backaches, severe grouchiness, depression, breast tenderness, loss of libido and fatigue. Do these symptoms sound familiar? They are also the symptoms of estrogen dominance! Katherine Dalton knew this back in the late 50s when she successfully pioneered the use of natural progesterone to balance estrogen in PMS patients. Over the years other U.S. physicians, like Dr. John Lee joined her in treating women this way. The great majority of patients report remarkable improvement in their PMS symptoms, including the elimination of premenstrual water retention and weight gain. Dr. Joel T. Hargrove of Vanderbilt University Medical Center published results indicating a 90 percent success rate in treating PMS with oral doses of natural progesterone. We know too, that topical progesterone creams are equally effective. This has to do with progesterone’s potent balancing effect upon estrogen. Saliva testing can determine if your PMS is associated with estrogen dominance. Measure your saliva levels of estradiol and progesterone during days 19-21 of your cycle. A low progesterone/estradiol ratio on your test report indicates estrogen dominance and the likelihood of PMS symptoms. If this is the case, it is worthwhile to talk to your doctor about supplementing with natural progesterone to keep estrogen levels in check. To learn more read, PMS: The Essential Guide to Treatment Options by Dr. Katharina Dalton and What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause, by Dr. John Lee.
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