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5 Myths About PMS Every Woman Should Know
5 myths about PMS every woman should know.
Myth 1: Every woman has PMS.
Not necessarily. In Chinese Medicine (CM), when Qi (energy), Blood, and Fluid is imbalanced or also called hormonal imbalance in western medicine, PMS can be an occurring theme until the imbalance is resolved. Not every woman suffers from PMS but many women can their entire lives.
Myth 2: It is normal to feel irritable, easily-angered, sadness or lethargic more than 1 week to a few days leading to your period.
Stress, emotion and physical exhaustion can cause Qi stagnation that leads to PMS. When Qi cannot circulate the body smoothly, blood will be stagnated. This is a vicious cycle that can lead to a feeling of heightened stress, over-sensitive emotions, tiredness, and or depression/sadness during this time. The key is to balance the Qi so it always flows smoothly. When Qi is smooth, emotions become smooth. What do we do? We take your pulse, check your tongue, look at health history then devise a treatment protocol that involves acupuncture, acupressure, herbal medicine, self-care, and lifestyle changes.
Myth 3: It is totally normal to have PMS.
No. Every woman is different. Age, Qi, genetics, diet, lifestyle, and environments all contribute to how symptom will show up in the body.
Myth 4: Sometimes I have PMS every week!
To feel PMS every week is a signal from your body crying for help. You should get blood work done by your physician to see where your hormones are and to see if there might be other underlying conditions that need to be unmasked.
Myth 5: Can I take birth control pill for this?
If you get your period while you are on birth control pills, you experience what its called withdrawal bleeding. Your PMS symptoms can be reduced. However, studies have shown long-term use of the contraceptive pill is frequently linked to depression.
A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry has found a link between hormonal birth control use and an increased incidence of depression. For the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 1 million women in Denmark with no history of depression for 13 years and found that those who used hormonal birth control had a 50 percent greater risk of depression within six months of using hormonal birth control than those who didn’t use it. – story/birth-control-side-effects-mood-depression
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