Premenstrual syndrome

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 Does this sound familiar?

  • Back and abdominal pains
  • Migranes
  • Irritability, mood swings
  • Depressive moods
  • Constant fatigue, sleeping disorders
  • Water retention, weight fluctuations
  • Swollen and sensitive breasts
  • Nausea or food cravings
  • Acne

These are some of the symptoms of PMS, caused by hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle. Verisana measures the levels of the hormones important for the cycle.

PMS

For many women, it is not the period itself but rather the days beforehand that can cause physical and/or psychological discomforts. This is known as the premenstrual syndrome, from which an estimated 50% of all woman are affected, to different extents – according to various scientific studies, about 5% of the women tend to be so badly affected during this period, that they are often confined to bed. These cases are referred to as the premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), which is an acknowledged medical condition.

Hormonal fluctuations influence the body and mind

The particular characteristic of PMS: The complaints normally arise in the time between the 14th and 28th day of the cycle (around 1-2 weeks before the menstrual bleeding) and disappear with the beginning of the menstruation. This is due to the fact that the majority of the complaints concerning PMS, as well as PMDS are often the result of hormonal imbalances; amongst others, the sex hormones progesterone and estrogen are also involved. Progesterone and estrogen regulate the cycle. By women who do not suffer from PMS, the progesterone level continually increases after ovulation until the last day of the cycle, thus until the beginning of the menstruation, whereas the estrogen levels drop during this time period.

The interaction between progesterone and estrogen is exactly coordinated, if this balance is destroyed, for example if too little or too much of progesterone or estrogen is being produced, then this can cause PMS.

The test results of most women for the PMS hormone test show a low progesterone level. If a low progesterone level is determined, upon consultation with your doctor it can be balanced out, for example with bioidentical progesterone creams or capsules.The progesterone creams as well as the capsules are available at most pharmacies.

How Verisana can help

If your are suffering from one or more of the symptoms stated above, we recommend the determination of your progesterone and estrogen values on the 19th, 20th or 21st day of your cycle (in the case of a 28 day cycle), using a saliva test from Verisana*. The required sample can be easily collected by yourself, in the comfort of your own home. You will then receive your results in the post along with:

Your hormone values in graphical form – making it quickly possible to determine whether your progesterone and estrogen values are within the reference range and how the values are connected with one another.

  • An easy to understand explanation regarding the functions of the tested hormones.
  • A summary of the complaints that can come from a deficiency or excess.

*for the determination of estrogen, the estradiol is measured.

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