Guys, a warning to you!
Saying things like:
Or, as my sweetheart has said to me, “You’re awesome except for those couple of days a month.”
When he found out I was giving a physician training on PMS and Perimenopausal Mood Disorders this month, he said, “Take good notes!”
(Ladies can I hear an, “Oh no... he did not!”)
Yes, there are times when our hormones are out of whack.
So guys, learn to avoid saying things like the above, and you will most likely avoid hearing things like:
For women, PMS really doesn’t feel good and we know it. Our moods and reactions are off. We can be more anxious or depressed, sleep less or more. Be more tired and bloated and have cramping and pain. There are over 200 symptoms associated with PMS.
In fact I often tell women “If you only hate your husband 2 weeks a month, it’s probably not your husband… it’s your hormones.”
(Guys, you can thank me later for giving you some fully supportive tips below.)
Ladies, I’ll share with you a few ways to bring back the joy premenstrually and in the perimenopause, or even when we are suffering from anxiety and depressive symptoms in general.
But first I’ll explain what’s happening.
From the time of ovulation until menses our ovaries secrete progesterone – the intention is to prepare the uterus and body for pregnancy. Our bodies are designed to respond to the progesterone, which gets us to stick closer to our partner, to feel more connected and intimate, and closer to home; caring for our home and loved ones.
When, however, our bodies aren’t secreting enough progesterone; it’s blocked or being used up faster, and there’s more estrogen circulating (including xeno-estrogens and endocrine disruptors from out toxic environment!) we become more Estrogen dominant and that leads to:
I am all about indulging and soothing the senses during this time. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and I stand behind the research that supports it!
Eat healthy fats and proteins at each meal, and in the evening add complex carbs like sweet potatoes. Avoid snacks and dairy. Add probiotic rich and fermented foods.
An activity you love with people you love. This will help increase the hormone oxytocin and will help you connect with those around you. Restoring hormones of connections help balance these feelings of isolation and loneliness and will increase serotonin and dopamine, which will keep you happier and calm.
My favorite herbs during this time are:
These are in PMS Soothe and testimonials on this product have been amazing.
Camille, a young client from Puerto Rico, says:
“I used to miss a week of school per month, and I was scheduled for surgery for endometriosis and a large ovarian cyst diagnosed by ultrasound. My mom brought me to Dr. Cabeca and in 3 months I couldn’t tell my period was coming. Ultrasound came back negative and I continue to do what she says which was really simple actually. I stopped dairy and diet sodas, and began Pura Menstrual Support. As a bonus, my skin is so much better, too.”
Your efforts will be appreciated, I promise, with love.
Menopause is a transitional time like any other chapter in our lives. Since overcoming my own health challenges and menopausal journey, and treating thousands of women in theirs, I am as committed to my mission as ever, to creating a guide to living your best life through the transition. As for menopause? Let’s live it, let’s thrive in it