Why Progesterone Is Both Good and Bad for Mood (and How to Treat PMDD)

mood effects of progesteroneProgesterone calms the brain and promotes sleep. At the same time, progesterone seem to play a role in the mood symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

How can both things be true? The short answer is that progesterone is usually good for mood but can sometimes be bad.

Keep reading for the longer answer about progesterone and mood.

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The Role of Histamine and Mast Cells in PMS and PMDD

mast cells histamine PMDDHere’s something important about PMS or PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder): At least some of the time it’s caused or worsened by histamine or mast cell activation

Histamine can cause allergy-type symptoms such as hives and nasal congestion. Or it can cause anxiety, headaches, fatigue, brain fog, insomnia, and breast tenderness, the typical symptoms of PMS.

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The PMS Solution: 3 Steps to Hormonal Resilience

premenstrual syndromePMS is my favorite thing to treat because it responds so well to natural treatment. I love to hear patients say: “I was surprised when my period just arrived. I didn’t even feel it coming.”

No irritability. No headache. No food cravings. It is possible.

The first step to easy periods is to value female hormones. Both estrogen and progesterone are powerful assets, and not something to be switched off with hormonal birth control.

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8 Ways Magnesium Rescues Hormones

magnesium rescues hormonesAs my patients can tell you, I prescribe magnesium for almost every hormonal condition, including PCOS, thyroid, hair loss, PMS, migraines, and perimenopause. I love magnesium because it makes people feel better almost immediately.

What’s up with this mineral? Why are we all so deficient? We’re deficient because our cells dump magnesium during stress. We actively push it out of our bodies as a way to rev up our nervous system and cope with daily life.

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