Did you know that depression can be a symptom of PMS? Studies show that more than 20% of women with severe PMS experience depression. That makes it common, but it certainly isn’t healthy. The good news is that this isn’t a random you-have-it-or-you-don’t scenario and you’re not just stuck with the cards you were dealt.
To a certain extent, you’re actually the dealer and if you understand the game you can choose your cards for the next round. (The prize? No PMS! Health!)
The first thing you need to know is that PMS is correctable (and not at all necessary for your cycle). When the systems in your body are healthy and working optimally – especially your liver and your gut – your hormones will be metabolized properly and you won’t experience PMS. PMS only shows up when something is out of whack in your body and your specific symptoms actually send you messages about what’s going on. If your depression is a symptom of your PMS, you may be able to overcome it by working to prevent PMS.
In addition to addressing the root cause of your PMS, you can reduce your likelihood of experiencing PMS-related depression by being mindful of the following risk factors:
So, you can do what you can to avoid the risk factors above and work to address the root cause of PMS. That will definitely help. But we’re pulling out all the guns, and there’s more.
Here are 5 more ways to decrease your likelihood of experiencing PMS-related depression:
Our mission is to make healthy (pain-free, symptom-free) cycles the new normal. Though our supplements are definitely a powerful part of that, our long-term goal is to make them obsolete by providing people with periods the tools and resources they need to maintain their own menstrual health, on their own, forever. (Hence “Forever Brazen”!)
If you have any questions or doubts, please reach out to us – nothing makes us happier than helping people achieve a healthy cycle.
PS. We were surprised by this finding on booze & PMS:
We weren’t sure what to do with this information, so here it is in the postscript; The same study that covered the risk factors above found that women who reported moderate to severe alcohol consumption actually had a lower risk for PMS.
Our founder thinks the alcohol can have a mild stimulating effect on the liver, which may prevent it from stagnating (aka not functioning optimally and making you feel crappy). But this does not mean that drinking more will eliminate your PMS.
While in the short term, alcohol can stimulate the liver and help relax the body, the risks for your health from alcohol consumption do NOT outweigh those benefits. Current research shows that no amount of alcohol is beneficial to women. (Disappointing, but true.)