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Understanding Which Type of PMS You Experience + Remedies For Each

Between 80-90% of women have problems with their period. So if shark week is far from a cake walk for you, you are certainly not alone!

30-40% of women have enough pain with PMS and their menstrual cycle that it stops them from living their life like opting out of outings with friends and there are the 5-10% of women who are debilitated with pain forcing them to call in sick from work and even seeking medical support.

Did you know that there are 4 different varieties of PMS?

PMS-A for anxiety related symptoms

PMS-C for craving related symptoms

PMS-D for depression related symptoms

PMS-H for hyper-hydration or water retention related symptoms

You may fall into one bucket or splashed across many.

When I learned about what all of these different types of PMS were, I was fascinated. I figured you would also feel the same. So let's dive in.

PMS-A & PMS-D (Anxiety and Depression like symptoms)

Symptoms include:

  • Anxiety

  • Feeling like you can snap at any moment

  • Lots of irritability

  • Projecting blame on others or picking a fight

  • Depression

  • Low self-esteem

  • Highly sensitive to criticism

These symptoms are tied to the Luteal phase of your cycle just after ovulation when estrogen begins to dip and progesterone is on the rise.

How can you help improve these symptoms?

  • Help your liver detox the excess estrogens that are likely the cause of your symptoms, try castor oil packs

  • Dial in sleep and pull out all the stress management techniques

  • A high quality Vitamin B complex will help the Liver detox some of that excess estrogen helping to normalize the balance between hormones

PMS-C (Cravings)

Symptoms include:

  • Clearly cravings for carbs, chocolates, and sweets --- all the sugar cravings!

  • You are hungry all the time it feels

  • Headaches

  • Exhaustion

  • Low blood pressure which leads to dizziness

These symptoms are usually do to adrenal imbalances and the dip in serotonin – remember that feel good chemical. We don’t feel happy and we know crunchy carbs will do the trick…for a short time anyways.

How can you improve these symptoms?

  • Adrenal support is key here

  • Try using Calm Magnesium at bedtime – watch out for loose stools!

  • Lots of Chromium rich foods like onions, tomatoes, oysters, and potatoes

PMS-H (Water Retention)

Symptoms include:

  • The obvious would be bloating

  • Breast tenderness

  • Weight gain fluctuations

  • Swelling in the hands and feet, ankles, fingers, and even the face

These symptoms are pointing to estrogen dominance compared to progesterone and the increase in aldosterone which is a stress hormone resulting in that water retention

How can you improve these symptoms?

  • Magnesium will support the hormone balance in the body

  • Dandelion root tea is great for its gentle diuretic properties

  • Evening Primrose Oil is incredible for breast tenderness

These remedies can bring some relief, but they will not address the root to why you struggle with PMS in the first place. Inflammation and poor digestion is at the core of the severity of your PMS symptoms. It is important proper diet clean-up and shoring up digestion if you want to enjoy pain-free easier periods.

Have questions about how you can improve your periods I would love to hear from you. Email me at or find me on Instagram @bebodyempowered.

My hope is to help you understand your body better to empower you to self-heal.

Cheers to your health,



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