Periods are a normal part of life. Popping medication to manage your premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms shouldn’t be.
Instead of reaching for Tylenol or a prescribed pain reliever before the start of your next cycle, consider managing this natural part of life with a natural alternative to medication like chiropractic care for PMS treatment.
In women’s health, we know that nearly every woman on earth experiences PMS on a regular basis—also known as a combination of symptoms associated with a menstrual cycle roughly a week before the cycle begins. After your period begins, symptoms tend to clear up in a few days and may include:
Studies have pinpointed the cause of PMS to be in relation to your body’s fluctuating level of hormones during this specific time of the month. Some women experience such powerful PMS symptoms that they turn to medications including oral contraceptives, painkillers, diuretics and even anti-depressants.
Continued and regular use of these medications can wreak havoc on your body — check out the common side effects of these popular PMS medications.
Many women (and men) are surprised to learn that chiropractors have been helping female patients better manage their symptoms and fertility issues for over a century, proving to be an incredible natural alternative PMS medication.
Here’s why: A chiropractic adjustment is designed to restore balance to your spine and nervous system. Because your nervous system controls every cell, organ and tissue in your body, even the slightest interference in communication can cause your body to work incorrectly. A carefully crafted adjustment repairs any interference your body is experiencing—and in women dealing with PMS, an imbalanced nervous system is common.
While medications simply mask symptoms of PMS, chiropractic care addresses the root cause—dis-ease within your nervous system.
By using their hand or a computer-aided tool, a chiropractor can perform specific and precise adjustments where your body needs it most, bringing your body back into alignment. After an adjustment, many women report a feeling of ease. Regular visits to your chiropractor will help keep PMS symptoms at bay as your spinal muscles and ligaments work to remain in proper position.
If you’ve been dealing with debilitating PMS for a while, it’s going to take more than one chiropractic adjustment to bring you relief. Some women feel better after just a handful of visits, while others may need dozens. Think of it this way—your chiropractor is relying on your body’s natural ability to self-heal, so it may take time until your spinal column assumes a more normal structure.
More good news? You’re in complete control of your visit frequency. While a chiropractor may suggest regular care for you to experience the best results (which very well may be the case), you get to decide when you need an adjustment.
A chiropractor will never force you into care that you aren’t ready to receive.
The food you ingest is directly related to how your body feels—instead of thinking about food as a tasty treat, consider it fuel. Studies have shown that women who have a plant-based diet high in nuts, fruits, herbs and vegetables experience fewer PMS symptoms than those who do not.
Green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale are also high in magnesium and calcium, two vitamins that may reduce menstrual cramps.
Wild caught fish like salmon are high in Omega-3 fatty acids that can aid in the reduction of pain and inflammation.
Some foods have been though to worsen symptoms of PMS, including those that include trans fats or hydrogenated fats as well as foods high in sugar, salt and caffeine.
Exercise is critical to any healthy lifestyle. There’s no way around it—you need to move—and the more you move, the better your body will feel and function.
Supplements like Vitamin D supports healthy hormone function, while Red Raspberry Leaf may reduce cramping. Because PMS is often linked to hormone imbalance, many women find success using a natural progesterone cream—however be sure to choose a brand that’s soy free.
A chiropractor near you may be able to suggest an ideal supplement for your needs.
|PMS Medication||Side Effects|
(Zoloft, sertraline [generic]; Prozac, Sarafem, fluoxetine [generic]; Paxil, paroxetine [generic]; Luvox, fluvoxamine [generic], Celexa, citalopram [generic])
These medications are Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs),
|Side effects include: nausea; appetite changes; weight loss; weight gain; headache; insomnia, fatigue; nervousness; difficulty with sexual desire, arousal, or orgasm; dizziness; tremors; dry mouth; rash; suicidal thinking and behavior.|
|BARR LABS (DANAZOL, DANOCRINE, CYCLOMEN)|
Synthetic forms of ethisterone, a progestogen, these drugs are a form of testosterone that are used to treat migraines, irritability, anxiety, lethargy, increased appetite, and breast tenderness
|Side effects include: acne; dark-colored urine; increased oiliness of hair or skin; muscle cramps or spasms; swelling of feet or lower legs; unusual tiredness or weakness; weight gain (rapid); flushing or redness of skin; mood or mental changes; nervousness; decrease in breast|
size; irregular menstrual periods; abnormal enlargement of the clitoris; hoarseness or deepening of voice; unnatural hair growth; bleeding gums; bloating, pain or tenderness of abdomen or stomach; blood in urine; burning, numbness, pain, or tingling in all fingers except the smallest finger; changes in vision; chest pain; chills; complete or partial numbness or weakness on one side of body; cough; coughing up blood; diarrhea; difficulty in speaking; difficulty in swallowing; discharge from nipples; eye pain; fast heartbeat; fever; headache; hives or other skin rash; joint pain; light-colored stools; loss of appetite (continuing); loss of muscle coordination; more frequent nosebleeds; muscle aches; nausea; purple- or red-colored, or other spots on body or inside the mouth or nose; restlessness; shortness of breath; sore throat; sweating; tingling, numbness, or weakness in legs, which may move upward to arms, trunk, or face; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness, weakness, or general feeling of illness; vomiting; yellow eyes or skin.
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|Pfizer U.S. Pharmaceuticals|
(Aldactone, Novo-Spiroton, Spiractin, Spirotone, Verospiron, Berlactone, spironolactone [generic]). These drugs are diuretics used to treat water retention in PMS.
|Potential side effects include: abdominal cramps; change in potassium levels (leading to such symptoms as dry mouth, excessive thirst, weak or irregular heartbeat, and muscle pain or cramps); deepening of voice; diarrhea; drowsiness; excessive hairiness; fever; headache;|
|Pfizer U.S. Pharmaceuticals|
(XANAX, alprazolam [generic]) Used to treat anxiety symptoms of PMS.
|Reported side effects include: drowsiness; dizziness; irritability; amnesia or forgetfulness; trouble concentrating; sleep problems (insomnia); muscle weakness; lack of balance or coordination; slurred speech; blurred vision; nausea or vomiting;|
constipation; appetite or weight changes; dry or watery mouth; increased sweating; loss of interest in sex; unusual risk-taking behavior; decreased inhibitions; no fear of danger; depressed mood; thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself; hyperactivity; agitation; hostility; hallucinations; feeling light-headed; fainting; seizure (convulsions); urinating less than usual or not at all; muscle twitching; tremor; jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).+ More– Less
(Yaz® 28, Loestrin® 24 Fe, Seasonale®, Seasonique, LYBREL®, Brevicon, Demulen 1/35, Desogen, Femcon Fe, Levlen, Lo/Ovral, Modicon, Nordette, Levora, Loestrin, Low-Ogestrel, Necon 1/35, Norinyl 1/35, Ortho-Cept,
Ortho-Cyclen, Ortho-Novum 1/35, Ortho-Tri-Cyclen Lo, Ovcon 35, Yasmin, Zovia 1/35E, Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, Jenest-28, Ortho-Tri-Cyclen, Cyclessa, Triphasil, Tri-Levlen, Ortho-Novum 10/11, Trivora, Tri-Norinyl, Estrostep Fe, Ortho-Novum 7/7/7, Ortho-Novum 1/50, Ovral, Demulen 1/50, Ogestrel, Ovcon 50, ethinyl estradiol, drospirenone, desogestrel; norethindrone acetate, levonorgestrel [generics]). Birth control pills used to treat general symptoms of severe PMS; some cause total cessation of monthly periods.+ More– Less
|Side effects include: menstrual cramps; upper respiratory infection; vaginal bleeding; nausea or vomiting; increased potassium levels; blood clots; allergic reactions, such as skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue; breast tissue changes or|
discharge; breast tenderness; mood changes, anxiety, depression, frustration, anger, or emotional outbursts; increased sensitivity to sun or ultraviolet light; skin acne or brown spots on the skin; weight gain; breathing problems; changes in vaginal bleeding during your period or between your periods; changes in vision; chest pain; confusion, trouble understanding; dark urine; general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms; light-colored stools; shortness of breath; back pain; hair loss; increased hunger or thirst; increased urination; fluid retention and swelling; unusually weak or tired; stomach pain (severe); sudden loss of coordination, especially on one side of the body; breakthrough bleeding and spotting; chest pain; coughing up blood; feeling faint or lightheaded, falls; headaches or migraines; leg, arm or groin pain; problems with balance, talking, walking; severe or sudden headaches; symptoms of vaginal infection, such as itching, irritation or unusual discharge; tenderness in the upper abdomen; sudden weakness or numbness in the arms or legs, especially on one side of the body; yellowing of the eyes or skin; stroke and heart attacks (risks increase in women over the age of 35 who smoke cigarettes).+ More– Less
Consider scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor near you to learn more about how they may be able to better manage your PMS symptoms without the need for over the counter or prescription pain medication.
Choose natural. Choose chiropractic!