Possible Underlying Causes of PMS

Women are very intelligent and intuitive.  You know if “something just isn’t right “with your hormones.

But when you take this rather vague complaint into your doctor….what do you get?
Antidepressants, headache medicine, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs, the birth control pill….

These may relieve some of your symptoms, but you know it is not actually correcting the underlying problem—a hormonal imbalance.  And often you trade PMS for side effects of the prescribed treatment.

Research has shown that PMS is linked to low progesterone and/or low estrogen after ovulation, decreased levels of calcium and vitamin D, low levels of B6 and increased stress.  Everything in life is affected by stress!  All of these root causes have also been linked with other diseases.

Breast cancer:  In the breast, estrogen promotes cell division and causes the cell damage that causes cancer cells to form.  Progesterone has been shown to stop or slow breast cell division and protect against the cell damage that leads to the formation of a cancer cell.  Conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome (a common cause of infertility) is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer because it is “progesterone deficient/estrogen dominant” state.  Women need a natural balance between estrogen and progesterone to protect against breast cancer.

Effective treatment targets these underlying causes and helps restore normal function to your body. 

Timing bioidentical hormones properly with you cycle and the right amount of certain vitamins and minerals is the key to highly successful treatment.

What can you do about PMS?


Arch Intern Med. 2005 Jun 13;165(11):1246-52.
Calcium and vitamin D intake and risk of incident premenstrual syndrome.
Bertone-Johnson ER, Hankinson SE, Bendich A, Johnson SR, Willett WC, Manson JE.

Department of Public Health, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 01003-9304, USA. ebertone@schoolph.umass.edu

1 Lentz Comprehensive Gynecology, 6th ed., Premstural Syndrome and Premenstrual disphoric disorder