Dr. Heather Boyd-Roberts

What is PMS?

PMS (premenstrual syndrome) is a cyclical occurrence of symptoms associated with the female menstrual cycle. Its symptoms can range from mild, lasting only a day, to debilitating and lasting for up to 3 weeks of the month. It can become so severe as to disrupt your work environment and your family life. For some women PMS or PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) can completely destroy their quality of life.

Hope for PMS.
“My PMS became so bad that I didn’t even like myself. I felt like I could handle the depression part, but when I started yelling at my kids I felt terrible. I needed help and I found it at A Natural Choice. Dr. Boyd game me dietary suggestions along with an herbal support and the nutrients I was deficient in. I feel like myself again.”

PMS, more than just your Hormones!
The goal in helping you with your PMS is to first identify exactly what is causing your imbalance. Then we need to nourish your body, replace the missing nutrients, improve your intestinal and liver function, and balance your hormones naturally.

To identify your unique needs an extensie interview and physical evaluation are performed and then carefully chosen testing is decided upon based on you personlized needs. Here are some of the potential tests to identify your imbalances : salivary hormonal testing, serum nutritional deficiency testing, Full Body Scan, to identify main areas of bodily stress, serum thyroid hormonal assessments, salivary cortisol testing, and food sensitivity testing to name just a few.

Call 360-573-2273 or email for help in identifying your PMS needs.

The most common symptoms associated with PMS

80% experience irritability, anxiety, abdominal cramps

60% report cravings for sweets and binge eating

40% report bloating, weight gain and fluid retention

5-20% describe depression

Mood swings, breast tenderness, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, dizziness or fainting, crying, alternating constipation and diarrhea, allergic complaints and skin irritations are also possible.

What Causes PMS?

PMS results when there is an imbalance between specific female hormones. Typically estrogen or prolactin becomes in excess along with other inflammatory compounds called prostaglandins, and progesterone becomes deficient. Addressing the underlying cause of these hormonal imbalance is the key to curing PMS.

Hormonal imbalances can be caused by ovarian dysfunction, pituitary (master hormonal controller) imbalances, thyroid deficiency or excess, adrenal disorders, intestinal or liver toxicity, and nutritional d eficiencies. Identifying what is causing your PMS is a crucial part of returning back to the vital person you desire.

Progesterone Cream and PMS

Do not use hormones without proper testing. Often women hear that their PMS is being caused by a progesterone deficiency so so they choose to treat with progesterone cream. This may temporarily relieve their symptoms but is often followed by an overall aggravation of the hormonal imbalance, ultimately making their symptoms worse over time. I have seen numerous women on progesterone cream who's progesterone level was 1000 times higher than the ideal range. Progesterone at this level will lead to weight gain, drowsiness, apathy, increased appetite, and depression to the point of suicidal thoughts

Everyone's need for hormones is different. Some women respond to very low doses of progesterone with symptoms of excess. For these women their own production may be adequate to provide for their needs and the cause of their PMS is not low progesterone.

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