Any partner who has ever asked a woman if she is “on her period” in the midst of an argument knows the daggering glare that will be received in response. While we still can confirm that that is never a safe question to ask, hormonal mood swings are a real experience for many women. In fact, studies show that 30-40% of females suffer from PMS, with 5-10% reporting “severe complaints.” Thankfully, we’ve got you covered with our Hormone Balancing Elixir. Research shows that 81% of patients using vitex, commonly known as chaste berry, reported a decrease in their PMS symptoms with no adverse drug reactions after a period of 3 months.
The Causes of Menstrual Mood Swings
During ovulation, which occurs approximately half way through the menstrual cycle, the ovaries release an egg, which causes estrogen and progesterone levels to drop. Women who experience mood swings during this time may have an increased sensitivity to hormonal fluctuations. Additionally, changes in estrogen and progestogen can impact serotonin levels. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that regulates mood, sleep, and appetite. Low levels of serotonin are linked to feelings of irritability, helping to explain the connection to hormonal mood swings.
PMS encompasses both somatic (aka physical) and psychic (aka emotional and mental) symptoms. The somatic symptoms include fatigue, cramps, swelling, back pain, headaches, and hot flashes, while the psychic symptoms include anxiety, feelings of sadness and anger, loneliness, and tension. Because the multiple of symptoms can be attributed to four subgroups,
depression, anxiety, craving, and hyperhydration, PMS may also be referred to as the DACH syndrome. The somatic and the psychic can impact one another. Experiencing physical pain never made anyone particularly cheerful, and feelings of tension in the body can lead to emotional stress. Therefore, a proper treatment of PMS must account for the physical and behavioral components.
Chaste Berry as Support
In several studies, Vitex has shown to decrease PMS symptoms. For example, the effectiveness of Vitex at lessening mood fluctuations was confirmed in a three-month trial in which those taking Vitex were compared to a control group that was given vitamin b6. According to an article written by Dr. Aviva Romm, “Vitex seems to act several ways: 1) it acts similarly to dopamine which is a ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter, 2) by reducing prolactin levels which are elevated during PMS, and 3) possibly acting on our natural internal pain relieving system – the opioid system – by releasing beta-endorphins – something our bodies lack during PMS.” Even better, Vitex is non-habit forming, so your body cannot become dependent on it.So, while happiness may not come in the form of a pill, the secret to a happier time-of-month may be contained in a tincture.