Learn to read your symptoms
Even though it is a pain and it seems like there is basically NO good reason for experiencing all the symptoms that come with PMS, I promise there is! But I get it! The mind numbing cramps, fatigue, mood swings, ACNE, and bloat- it all seems to be some sad plight of womanhood. Well I am here to tell you that isn’t so!! Even though it sucks, all those symptoms are your body’s ways of communicating with you. The problem is we were never taught this language and like any language you don’t know, it all just seems like jibber jabber. Well let me be your pocket translation so you can decode your symptoms and go from "why is this happening!??!?" to "oh, just low progesterone this month, no biggie, I’ll just course correct.” When you learn to decode your symptoms you take the power back, because if you know what it means you can make changes to help bring things back to balance.
Read how well you are ovulating, if at all.
How well you are ovulating and if you are NOT ovulating can tell you a lot about where your health is at. Your body will only ovulate a high quality egg when there is enough nutrients available and as long as you are not overly stressed. If you are doing everything right: eating well, exercising, sleeping, self-care, etc... You should be pumping out some high quality eggs. Which is VITAL if you are trying to get pregnant. If you aren’t looking to get pregnant, those “eggs” that you ovulate leave behind the corpus luteum which is a temporary gland that produces most of your progesterone. Progesterone is your yin hormone, it calms you down, is important for metabolism, mood and bone health. If you are not taking good care of yourself your egg quality will be compromised which means you may not produce a high quality egg, which increases your chances of miscarriage. Even If you don’t want to get pregnant and you don’t produce a high quality egg, then your egg isn’t leaving behind a high quality corpus luteum, which means you could produce lower than normal progesterone.
Are you ovulating at all??
If you are not having your period, or are experiencing frequent periods you may not be ovulating. You have your period after ovulation, if your period is missing it may be because of underlying factors preventing you to ovulate. If you are having frequent periods, it may be because your body is TRYING to ovulate but is unsuccessful and therefore you experience an estrogen withdrawal bleed, not a real period bleed. This could be due to a number of reasons: overly stressed, inflammation, adrenal burnout, exposure to toxicity. The point is be able to read your body so you can play detective in your life to correct imbalances.
Signs of a healthy ovulation:
Cervical mucus: Your cervical mucous should be white and tacky leading up to your ovulation but on ovulation day it should be clear with an egg white consistency.
Rise in basal body temperature
Surge in libido
Cervix is softer and higher: you can feel this with your fingers.
Surge in LH hormone
Mild Cervix pain
Read what your period is trying to tell you
Learning if you are ovulating is one thing but learning about what your period has to tell you about your health can often be a much more apparent, yet unpleasant, approach. I mean it’s bad enough to get PMS symptoms at all but then the idea of examining your blood is not an appealing approach, but bear with me!! There are a lot of insights that can be found on a pad! So without further ado:
Brown blood in the beginning: indication of low progesterone. Could be linked to poor ovulation.
Dark red or black clots: lower progesterone, elevated estrogen and congestion in the uterus. Dongqi is a helpful herb for this.
Heavy bleeding: can be a sign of fibroids or polyps. Eat beets or high quality protein, to replenish blood and b12.
Short bleeding: low progesterone and low estrogen- adrenal burnout or nutrient deficiencies.
Very frequents bleeds: anovulatory cycle/ sluggish thyroid. Take a thyroid supporting supplement. ( see shop page)