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How I Dealt With PMDD Naturally

I used to experience debilitating PMDD. Then I made some lifestyle changes, and my symptoms have reduced dramatically.


Do you have a uterus? Do the days or even weeks leading up to your period feel like an actual nightmare and go beyond what the average woman experiences? If yes, then you might have Pre-Menstural Dysphoric Disorder, or PMDD.

There are many resources out there on the Internet about PMDD. But if you're anything like me then you may find it even more valuable to read about someone else's personal account of an issue you're dealing with yourself. So come along for the ride. My article is a bit on the long side, but my hope is that my experience may help you in some way. There are of course many other ways to help ease the symptoms of PMDD, but these are the specific steps I've taken that have helped me dramatically.

What Is PMDD?

Pre-menstrual Dysphoric Disorder has recently been recognized officially as a psychological disorder. If you experience five or more of the first 10 symptoms during two weeks or less leading up to your period, and find that the symptoms prevent or inhibit you from functioning in your day to day activities, then you most likely suffer from this condition. However, as with any health issue it is always important to see your doctor!

  • Depressed mood
  • Irritable and angry
  • Suicidal
  • Poor concentration
  • Anxious
  • Easily confused
  • Low energy
  • Generally feeling out of control
  • Food cravings and/or an increased appetite
  • Can't sleep or desire to sleep too much
  • Sore breasts
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Muscle Pain

When my PMDD was at its worst, several years ago, my personal experiences each month would include crying non-stop for hours until I couldn't open my eyes properly, snapping at my partner and taking things extremely personally, feeling completely hopeless and lost, thoughts of wanting to just end my life because of how I was feeling, not able to concentrate at work, scattered thoughts, and feelings of confusion.

The very good news is that since working on all kinds of aspects of my life associated with my mental and physical health, it often doesn't feel like I have PMDD anymore...and maybe I don't.


Available Treatments

When I consulted my doctor in regards to PMDD, she suggested I go on anti-depressants. For someone who has been on medication for her mental state before, the idea of having to deal with the side-effects associated with anti-depressants just made me feel all the more upset.

So I decided I wanted to treat my PMDD "naturally", without medication.

Perhaps for some of you, medication may be necessary and there is absolutely nothing wrong with making that choice. What works for one person may not work for another.


1. Be Conscious of What You Eat Without Obsessing

I've gone through all kinds of food phases: low carb, high "good fat," no gluten. Yes, it is absolutely important to be conscious of what you eat, but don't let it take away from the joy and quality of your life!

These days I eat vegetarian foods and then mostly vegan during my period. This has has a positive impact on my general health, including my PMDD, because foods like dairy and meat can actually make PMDD and menstrual cramping much worse.

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You don't have to go vegan or vegetarian—please don't stress about that. Simply cutting back on meat and dairy will help a lot though. Have fun with trying out vegetarian and vegan foods or cooking them at home. You will find that the range of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes opens up another world of eating and you may find that you don't need to rely on meat and dairy as much.