Tag Archives: Premenstrual syndrome

Still Looking For Relief

16 Sep

In a last-ditch effort to control the raving beast in me called PMS I started taking Estroven.  Yes, Estroven the all natural menopause supplement.  Yes, I know I don’t have menopause, yet.   But several PMS symptoms(moodiness, weight gain, forgetfulness) are the same as the symptoms menopausal women have, so I decided to give it a try.  I’ve been taking it for a week not, and so far so good (my period is due tomorrow).  Actually I haven’t had my usual water retention, and my moodiness has been less severe, as Dr. B noted last night 🙂

Estroven formula includes soy isoflavones, black cohosh, calcium and boron, vitamins E, B-12, B-6, other B-vitamins, and folic acid, among other herbs.   The company that makes Estroven actually makes Estroven PMS, but I haven’t been able to find in locally.  I’m not sure if it’s been discontinued or not.  I’m guessing it has because it’s not listed on the company’s website either.  Oh, well, I stick with the menopause formula since it’s working.

At this point I will do anything not to have to take those birth control pills my doctor gave me.   Have you tried any all natural PMS remedies?  Do you have any tips or suggestions?  Help!

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My Venus Week

4 Aug
The Birth of Venus.
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The past few years I realize my PMS is getting worse and worse.  What I mean by worse is more water retention, more irritability, more mood swings, reduced alcohol tolerance.  When I was single my PMS wasn’t an issue.  I would basically sequester myself for a week, and no one would get hurt 🙂  Now that I’m married, I realize that my PMS affects both me and Dr. B, by putting undue strain on our marriage.  So, a couple of weeks ago I went to the local library to find a few books on alternative medicine and remedies (I’m all about all natural, and organic alternatives for anything).  I came across a book called The Venus Week written by Rebecca Booth, M.D. The Venus Week focuses on managing your hormonal changes to your best advantage.

As women, we are all aware of our menstrual cycles, and the basic premise behind them.  The Venus Week, is that one point in a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle in which her hormones are all working in her favor, making her skin glow, her hair shine, her clothes fit better, and her libido kick into high gear.  Dr. Booth, an ob/gyn, says she came up with the term, named for the Roman goddess of love, to help each patient better understand the ebb and flow of her hormones and the effects those changes have on her mind, body, and spirit.

I used my iPhone app iPeriod to help me identify my Venus Week, and this week is my Venus week *pumps fist*.  I believe it’s because of my awareness that I can feel a difference, and I’m making more effort to capitalize on it.  I’m trying to connect more (mentally and physically) with Dr. B, and I’m working out harder since I have more energy. My challenge will be “extending” my Venus Week throughout my entire menstrual cycle.

I’m curious have you heard of the Venus week?  Have you noticed a time during the month that your on top of the world?

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