PMDD symptoms are often so
debilitating that they can cause a significant disruption to a woman’s ability
to work and function normally. This is the unfortunate reason why many women
who suffer from PMDD also suffer from disrupted and damaged relationships with
their friends and loved ones.
What Are The Symptoms of PMDD?
The most intense emotional,
psychological and physical symptoms of PMDD are usually experienced a few days
preceding the actual menstruation period.
The common symptoms may include
headaches, joint pain, bloating, breast tenderness, mood swings and food
Women who have PMDD may also have
difficulty sleeping, thereby increasing their likelihood of experiencing
fatigue. This can exacerbate their anxiety and depression, and contribute to
triggering panic attacks.
Irritability, extreme mood swings and
lack of focus are also some of the hallmarks of PMDD. However, this is nowhere
near the full list of PMDD symptoms, just some of the more commonly experienced
The Link between PMDD and Cellular Disorder
Experts from the National Institute
of Health discovered that women who have been diagnosed with PMDD are more
sensitive to the effects of estrogen and progesterone hormones. According to
the researchers, this sensitivity is caused by a certain molecular mechanism in
This means that women with PMDD
possess intrinsic difference in their body’s molecular apparatus, and this
explains why some women’s bodies respond in a different manner to their own sex
hormones than others do.
Experts now have solid evidence that
shows the abnormal signaling of cells among women who have PMDD. In intensive
studies, experts found that cutting off progesterone and estrogen can help put
an end to their PMDD symptoms.
In their studies, when experts
re-introduced the sex hormones the symptoms of PMDD re-emerged. As with so many
conditions affecting human health and wellbeing, a specific genetic makeup
predisposes a segment of the population to an exacerbated response to a natural
Experts hope that the findings of
this study will shed some light on why women show these debilitating symptoms.
They also hope that people will come to understand that sufferers can’t just
‘snap out of it’. The condition is not imagined or self-induced.
Treatment is Available
Just as the condition is very real,
so too are treatment possibilities. It is therefore hope that more women
realize that they don’t have to live with PMDD and its painful and disruptive
symptoms. You don’t have to let your hormones rule your life.
There are several forms of treatment
they can choose from. If you are a woman who suffers from PMDD, or if you
suspect your friend or family member does, understand you, or they, can consult
a health care professional for advice.
Treatment will vary from person to
person, and may not have to involve hormone management. Natural, non-invasive
therapies which have proven successful for other painful conditions have helped
many PMDD and PMS sufferers.
Specifically, the auspicious and
well-respected Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) has
indicated that women suffering from PMS can be very responsive to cognitive