Menstrual Cycles

Period Days

Menstruation, of course, is a normal and healthy function of being a woman. It is a body’s preparation for a possible pregnancy. For some women, menstruation is just a monthly routine without major problems, but for others, it may be an aggravated, sometimes painful, event. By some estimates, 90% of women experience some adverse symptoms not only during the monthly menstrual cycle but also one or two weeks before, known as PMS, Pre-Menstrual Syndrome. PMS may exhibit physical and emotional symptoms, such as:

Physical Symptoms:

  • Cramping
  • Headache or backache
  • Swollen or tender breasts
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Bloating or gassy feeling
  • Clumsiness
  • Lower tolerance for noise or light

Emotional & Mental Symptoms:

  • Tension or anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Less interest in sex
  • Irritability or hostile behavior
  • Feeling tired
  • Sleep problems (sleeping too much or too little)
  • Appetite changes or food cravings
  • Trouble with concentration or memory
  • Depression, feelings of sadness, or crying spells

In addition to PMS, there is a condition known as Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). PMDD is similar to PMS but is more severe. It may cause depression, severe mood shifts, lasting anger or irritability. Experts estimate about 5 percent of women experience PMDD.

As if all that were not enough, some women experience compulsive eating before the period. Research indicates that it has a physiological component. According to a study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, high levels of progesterone before the period play a major role in compulsive eating. Estrogen, on the other hand, appears to be associated with a decrease in appetite. Estrogen is at its highest levels only during ovulation.

A natural alternative to deal with menstrual issues is CBD, a cannabinoid of the hemp plant.  CBD’s may help to maintain optimal health during the cycles, when used by itself or combined with other natural remedies as cinnamon-infused beverages, hot pads, between others.

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