Ah, the period experience. How do you know when your symptoms warrant further investigation
and support? The short answer… when you suspect there is something bigger going on. Of course this can be hard to tease out since menstrual pain and mood shifts are almost considered a right of passage for those of us with a uterus. However, any major shifts or symptoms warrant a bigger conversation with a health care provider… If your periods are causing significant impairment in your day to day life, you deserve a proper assessment. So where can you start?
Monitor for symptoms such as:
Severe mood swings
Depression or anxiety
Keeping a symptom diary can be extremely helpful. This gives you a better idea of symptom
timeline and allows you to track intensity. You’ll want to track symptoms for at least 2-3 cycles.
But not to worry- supports can be put into place WHILE you work on consistent symptoms
tracking and further assessment.
Once you have a clear idea of your symptom calendar, it becomes easier to differentiate
between menstruation, premenstrual syndrome, premenstrual exacerbation and premenstrual
Physical symptoms and
mood changes which occur
before the menstrual period
(and disappear after the
onset of the period)
Symptoms of an underlying
anxiety) that gets WORSE
during premenstrual stage
Severe, sometimes disabling,
extension of PMS, with a
tendency towards extreme
mental health symptoms.
Work impaired >3 days/month
Social/Family life impaired >5 days/month
Still unsure where you fit? Don’t worry, there are practitioners who specialize in the nuances
between these conditions. Consider booking in with one of our Naturopathic Doctors for a full
assessment and to discuss the best next steps for you.