PMS & Period Problems

I have written quite a few blog posts which should help you with these issues. Here's one to start you off:


Over the years, I have found Marilyn Glenville's female health support products really effective and would point you to those specifically if you need help in this area. Here is my standard protocol for you in case it helps. 


PMS Protocol


Belly Fat Diet (ignore the name; it's a simple low allergen low GL diet which happens to balance insulin, the main cause of belly fat gain)

Agnus Castus Support

PM Support - for the P5P B6, chromium and siberian ginseng, which is fab for adrenal balancing.

A little extra magnesium preferably - 1-2 per day of Magnesium Citrizorb and

Omega Support for fish oils


Here, too, is a really useful mini-primer on PMS from Patrick Holford:


Beating PMS with Diet


Note that he suggests supplementing with 5HTP. This can really help but I've often found that the low GL diet automatically leads to an increase in protein consumption which, in turn, increases natural tryptophan levels, so you may not need it. Some people do boost it for up to 3 months to start with but then you should find you can do with out it. You can use this 5-HTP if necessary then.


It's always best to start with a lower 50mg dose rather than use 100mg type products because you have much more flexibility in dosage then. My view is always to start with 50mg per day before bed or on rising and build up to max 250mg-300mg per day - preferably between meals as you absorb it better then. Many people only need low doses. Be led by your health professional, as usual.


Hope that helps. If you have really severe PMS throughout most of the month, by the way, do read this post too:


PMDD: Do You Have PMS Most of The Month?


Hormone Tests

There are several different tests you can do to check what your hormones are up to. Check out the Hormone Test Review & FAQ here for help.


For ease: do the Rhythm or Rhythm Plus for a full month check of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone. The Plus option includes adrenals - cortisol and DHEA - which can be really useful especially if you are over 35 as the adrenals are often a bit tired out and this then affects steroid hormone production.


To do the same in menopause, do a One Day Hormone test plus Adrenal Stress test.


There are more options than that where you can include neurotransmitters etc etc so do read the Hormone FAQ above for more info. 


For more info, do check out the other pages on this site:


Women's Health



Adrenal Fatigue


Good luck!

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