So many women think about female hormones and only relate them to menopause–the hot flashes, night sweats, etc. But this is an issue that many women deal with of all ages, myself included.
Each month, on the day I’m starting menstruation, I get an awful headache, feel exhausted, and just want to lie down and go to bed. I’ve always assumed that my symptoms were related to my estrogen levels, and that something was out of balance. (That or my body was simply punishing me for not getting pregnant, since I absolutely love being pregnant.)
This week, after suffering through an awful day of PMS, I consulted Dr. Lark’s PMS Self Help Book. And there it was confirmed what I had already suspected. On the first day of menstruation, estrogen and progesterone levels are extremely low. I even learned that what I was experiencing was known as “Type C” PMS (the “c” is for carbohydrates or cravings). Women suffering from Type C PMS often experience sugar cravings, fatigue, and headaches.
For the Type C PMS sufferer Dr. Lark recommends eliminating sugar, chocolate, alcohol, and tropical fruits from the diet. No problem on the alcohol and tropical fruits. But sugar and chocolate? I’m just going to have to take that one day by day. She also recommends a strong vitamin and mineral multinutrient.
I’m going to start incorporating some Dr. Lark’s recommendations this month. And hopefully, my days of headaches and exhaustion will be a thing of the past. Stay tuned!