Are you suffering with a roller coaster of feelings for the last 2 weeks of every menstrual cycle? Searching for answers as to why? Consider these three key hormone imbalances that could be leading to your dreaded days of misery:
1) Estrogen Dominance
What is estrogen dominance? This is the pattern of estrogen being, well, dominant over progesterone. Progesterone tends to be a calming balance to our hormonal cycle and a lack of it can lead to anxiety and poor sleep. Pair this with way too high estrogen and you can also get irritability and depression!
2) EIther too much testosterone or being an over androgen metabolizer of testosterone
We are all familiar with high levels of testosterone contributing to anger outbursts in men but this can happen when testosterone goes too high in women, such as in cases of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). Another testosterone related pattern that can contribute to anger or rage is the case where some women overconvert to the more androgenic form of testosterone. In this case the overall testosterone might not be very high but a woman can feel as if it is because it is being converted more aggressively to the more dominant male type of testosterone.
3) High cortisol can be more prevalent in cases of PMDD, and PMS
This pattern disruption can also make the symptoms of PMDD and PMS worse. In our Functional Medicine practice we often test and find elevated cortisol in women with PMS symptoms. We can detect this pattern and the above patterns with the DUTCH (dried urine test for complete hormones), or a salivary complete hormonal test.
To learn what you can do to make significant changes in your PMS Mood Swings check out this video: