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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The End of PMS with Vitamin B6 and Other Serious Cures

PMS cureThank you to my nutrition professor who first taught me about vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) for PMS. It is reliable treatment for premenstrual mood problems including PMDD.

I still remember B6 as the eureka moment in the way I thought about periods. Suddenly, I had much higher expectations of how healthy a period can be.  Periods should arrive smoothly and without symptoms.

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