Do you often get lower abdominal cramps with or without diarrhoea? Or maybe you feel depressed or get frequent severe headaches?
These and other such vague symptoms can occur because you may be suffering from Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS as it is commonly known. Such symptoms can be not only annoying, but at times incapacitating too. It can happen to many young adult women less than 35 years of age. The symptoms appear a little before the menstrual period is due, and disappear soon after the period starts.
Why Does This Happen?
Excess of Oestrogen, the female hormone in the woman’s body is most often blamed for causing this condition. But is it really so? Let us try and find out why this may not actually be true.
Thyroid Disease Produces Similar Symptoms:
The symptoms like irritability, headache, depression and others which form part of PMS can also occur in thyroid disorders. Therefore it is important to keep this in mind before we apportion the blame to oestrogen or even PMS at all. You will need to consult your doctor and get blood tests for thyroid function before you can determine the exact cause.
PMS Runs In The Family:
If your mother, aunt or grandmother suffered from PMS, you are likely to suffer, irrespective of the oestrogen in your body.
People With Depression Suffer More Often From PMS:
Depression and other psychological disorders like Bipolar disorder have been known to be associated with PMS. So, symptoms of psychological dysfunction can be not only the result but also the cause for PMS. This can happen even if you have not suffered from them yourself, but there has been a history of depression in close family members.
Excess Oestrogen Causes Diseases Like Breast Cancer And Endometrial Cancer:
While PMS can occur in a large number of women, the likelihood of cancers like the above occurring in such women is low and definitely does not occur in all women suffering from PMS.
Therefore, while the frequent elevation and the subsequent fall of oestrogen in the body required for regular menstruation could be somehow related to symptoms of PMS, blaming it solely on excess oestrogen may not be right. When there is reason to suspect, excess oestrogen levels can be determined by suitable blood tests.