Reproductive challenges such as pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), and peri-menopause come in many different packages. No two people seem to experience the same combination of symptoms. Additional hormonal aberrations are common during this transition and may compound the picture.
Common symptoms may include (but are not limited to): forgetfulness, irritability, depression, anxiety, insomnia, restless legs, heavy or erratic periods, sore breast, hot flashes, night sweats, bloating, bowel habit changes and fluid retention. And the list goes on!
Standard Approach – The Limitations
When treating women who experience acute and severe PMS and menopausal symptoms, there is a great temptation to focus only on the normalization of reproductive hormones with natural remedies or bio-identical hormones. However, in many women, this approach does not lead to the resolution of their symptoms long term.