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Articles - PMS - How I Cured My PMS Naturally by Melissa Carter


How I Cured My PMS Naturally by Melissa Carter 

For as long as I can remember, I have suffered from PMS (premenstrual syndrome). I was also diagnosed with depression at the age of twelve. I suffered for many years, month in and month out. Not only did I suffer, but my family also suffered along with For years, I didn't know what was wrong with me. I had extreme emotional unbalance for 2 weeks out of every month. Gradually, as the years went on, my PMS seemed to get worse.

To be honest, I didn't really know I had PMS; even the doctors I saw apparently couldn't come to an agreement on my diagnoses either. As I said earlier, I was diagnosed with clinical depression at the tender age of twelve. However, when I think back, that was just after I began menstruating. But the so-called experts thought it was simply depression, and so began the years of drugs. Or, sorry, I mean medical treatment.

I was first put on the birth control pill at age twelve, for medical reasons, to be sure. This was supposed to "cure" my depression. What were they thinking? Needless to say, what I now know to be PMS was not at all "cured" by the drugs. When this form of treatment failed to improve my emotional well being, I was placed on an anti-depressant. That was actually the first of nearly twenty types of anti-depressants I would take over a course of fifteen years. How sad!

Some of the medication worked better than others. Although, I was not ever taking one single medication for very long. My doctors just couldn't seem to make up there minds. One month one type of drug offered promised relief, the next month, there was another theory about another drug. I was even placed on tranquilizers, which just put me to sleep.

Finally, after my second child, my PMS became so unbearable. My symptoms would begin the day after I ovulated, and last 2 weeks, until menstruation began. I was living a nightmare, and so were my family. I attempted to go back to college 3 times over a period of 3 years, however, as soon as the symptoms started, I just couldn't cope.

For 2 full weeks, it took all my strength just to get out of bed in the morning. The afternoons were no better, as I seemed to just sleep the day away. I hated everyone. All I wanted to do was be alone, and sleep. But I couldn't be alone; I had 2 children to take care of. Two children whom I love and adore, but during these trying times, I almost could not stand having them. I had absolutely no patience for them, and I hated myself for it.

During these years, I continued to see doctors, hoping to find my cure. I was even diagnosed with bi polar disorder by a psychiatrist. What a joke that was. He put me on some psychiatric drug that turned me into a zombie. I lasted 2 days on it, and never took it again. I also consulted another psychiatrist during this time. He never really gave me diagnoses, just lots of different pills. One pill for depression, which seemed to work, but took away my libido. So to offset it, he gave me another pill to bring back my libido. But this new pill also gave me insomnia, so I got a sleeping pill. I think I lasted 2 or 3 months like this, before I couldn't stand taking all those pills any more.

Next, I tried it on my own, no meds at all. I was still in my nightmare. This lasted at least a year. I would call my husband home from work just to watch the kids, because all I could do was cry. We couldn't take the suffering anymore. It had to end! So back to the doctor I went. 

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When I left the office, I was devastated. Not only did I have a new prescription, but I also had a new diagnosis, PMDD, or premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Like all good little patients, I began my new drugs. Every 6 months or so, the pills would seem to stop working. So, my doctor would continue to increase them. I let this carry on for almost 2 years, before I realized, not only was my "PMDD" back, but I had acne that was worse than anything I had ever had as a teenager, I had zero libido, I was tired all month long now, and I had gained nearly twenty pounds, and had a yeast infection which no drug could eliminate.

I began doing some research for a website All Natural Health Remedies. I had never really believed in natural cures. I thought, if it was so easy to treat health conditions, why was anyone sick? The thought just seemed to good to be true. However, the more I read, the more it made sense!

First, I stopped eating meat. My intention was to buy organic meat, as it doesn't contain all the extra hormones injected into our regular food supply. However, I never made it to the organics store on time. One night, I was just repulsed by what sat on my plate. I thought it was strange, so I cooked another meal the next night, and again, I just could not eat the meat. Maybe it was that during all my research, I found out just what goes into our meat supply. Regardless, I instantly became a vegetarian.

Next, I knew my body was full of toxins, after years of taking pills, and ingesting hormones, not to mention everything else. I purchased a colon cleanse, and immediately began the regime, as well as drinking 6 cups of water per day. My acne instantly cleared up! However, after all the research I had performed on toxins in our bodies, I was not surprised. As for the PMS, or PMDD, I was only 2 weeks into a cycle, so time would only tell.

I also purchased a high potency vitamin b complex, as the b vitamins are required for optimal nervous system functioning, energy production, and to stave off depression and anxiety. Along with the B complex, I began taking a coral calcium supplement as well, since I had learned that a calcium deficiency could mask itself as PMS.

Within one month, I had successfully eliminated all of my symptoms. I had, and still have more energy than I could have ever imagined. I enjoy my husband, and my children again. No more do I dread getting out of bed to face the day. My life has taken on new meaning, and I hope to share my success story with as many people as possible. PMS can successfully be treated naturally. 

About the Author
Melissa Carter is a journalist, and head of research at

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