Topic: PMS

How I Learned to Stop Hating My Period, And Love The Menstrual Cup

How I Learned to Stop Hating My Period, And Love The Menstrual Cup

You probably know that using a menstrual cup will save anywhere between 10,000-15,000 pads and tampons from ending up in landfills over the course of a woman’s menstruating life. You might also know that if you switched to a menstrual cup, you could save around $4,000 over the course of your own period and pms-filled years. But let’s be honest: You’re a bit grossed out by the idea of a reusable menstrual product, or you’re freaked out by how to use menstrual cups. So I’m here to motivate you to switch over to a cup, and I’m not going to use any of that data to persuade you. More »

You Don’t Have PMS; You Have A Bad Diet

You Don't Have PMS; You Have A Bad Diet

If you are plagued by cramping with your menstrual cycle each month, you’re not alone. Millions of women experience menstrual discomfort, making it a common cause of missed school or work hours. For some, dysmenorrhea, also known as painful menstruation, may begin a few days prior to the onset of menstrual flow, while the luckier ones experience it only on the first day or two. The symptoms of mild to severe cramping in the lower abdomen, low back, inner thighs or legs may last from one day to the whole length of the menstrual flow, up to six or seven days. Other symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fainting or headaches may also be associated in severe cases. But what many women may not realize is that their diet and lifestyle can have a huge impact on their monthly symptoms (or lack thereof). More »

Why You Should Give In To Those PMS Food Cravings

Why You Should Give In To Those PMS Food Cravings

The idea that all women with PMS want chocolate and ice cream may be a tired stereotype, but many women do report some sort of change in appetite or cravings around the time of their periods. But while it might seem wise to ignore PMS food cravings or hunger—you’re already feeling bloated and gross; why risk packing on pounds, too?—resisting may actually be the worst thing you can do. More »

Crush PMS Symptoms With This Yoga Routine

Crush PMS Symptoms With This Yoga Routine

Menstrual pains and PMS often ease up after a woman’s first pregnancy, studies still show that one in every three women suffers from cramps, according to Karin Björkegren’s new book: “Yoga for Women.” And, while exercise might be the last thing you feel like doing when you’re on your period, studies have also proven that physical activity can lessen pain and cramping; it’s worth getting yourself to yoga class. More »

When and How to Detox Your Liver for Weight Loss and Better Health

When and How to Detox Your Liver for Weight Loss and Better Health

Is it really necessary to detox? In a word: Yes. Why? Well, more than 80,000 industrial chemicals have been developed over the last 75 years, including heavy metals, solvents, phthalates, polychlorinated bisphenols, and organophosphates. I find this number mind-blowing. Surely the knowledge of this statistic makes the gentle support of our kidneys, liver, and digestive system – the three main organs that support the removal of these harmful compounds from the body – a very good idea.

Our thyroid gland, the master of our metabolism, is particularly sensitive to these chemicals and others including chlorine, fluoride, mercury, and pesticides. These types of chemicals have also been shown to disrupt communication between the hypothalamus, pituitary, and thyroid – the pathway that closely controls our metabolic rate. In fact, researchers have looked at the effects of synthetic chemicals such as DDT, phenol derivatives, phthlates, polyhalogenated hydrocarbons, amitrole, and thiocarbamates on the thyroid, and have noticed mild thyroid suppression. More »

12 Reasons You Missed Your Period But Aren’t Pregnant

12 Reasons You Missed Your Period But Aren't Pregnant

For all our chronic gripes about our monthly flow—pain, mood swings, excessive bloating, pimples—a period missed often signals a serious change in the body. Pregnancy is, of course, the most common cause for a cycle change, but there’s a bevy of reasons why your monthly bill may be a no-show. As you review our list of 12, it’s worth noting that they’re interconnected. In Western medicine, we often forget that the body is one constantly moving machine and that one malfunction can throw the whole thing off. When seeking diagnosis and treatment for irregular menses, it’s best to start with your PCP or gynecologist. After that, he or she may recommend that you visit a specialist such as a reproductive endocrinologist, a neurologist, a nutritionist, or even a psychiatrist or psychologist. You may not be preggers, but here are 12 reasons why you may save on tampons this month: More »