Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

One in three women finds the days leading up to her period particularly difficult. She suffers from premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which is experienced with varying symptoms, including breast tenderness, abdominal pains and mood swings. Such discomfort does not simply have to accepted, however. It can be alleviated with effective treatment methods.

What is premenstrual syndrome (PMS)?

The clinical profile of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is very complex and presents over 150 different symptoms, which appear from the middle of the cycle – i.e. between ovulation and menstruation – and fade rapidly once menstruation begins. The symptoms are divided into three main groups:

Physical symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

  • Tender breasts
  • Headaches
  • Weight gain
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Skin Problems

Psychological symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

  • Mood swings
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Nervous Tension

Behavioural changes with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) 

  • Decreased motivation
  • Withdrawal
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Increased appetite
  • Change in sexual behaviour

Who is affected by premenstrual syndrome (PMS)?

Studies show that approximately a third of women of child-bearing age suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS). This is independent of the use of hormonal contraceptives. The clinical profile shows that it is more common in women over 30.

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) has many faces and for this reason is so difficult to recognize.

Causes of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

The causes of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) are not entirely clear. Hormonal imbalances are suspected of being the trigger. Even women who take the pill or other hormonal contraceptives can suffer from it.
For women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS), an increased concentration of prolactin is found in the blood. Other causes might be a disturbance in the body’s water balance or lack of physical exercise. Stress and conflict can intensify the symptoms.

Monk’s pepper (Vitex agnus-castus) for premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

These monthly indispositions do not simply have to be accepted, however. Nature has a special plant ready to alleviate the discomforts of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Monk’s Pepper (Vitex agnus-castus, or Chasteberry). Herbal medicines made from Monk’s Pepper (special extract Ze 440) have been used successfully to treat premenstrual syndrome (PMS) for a long time. This plant has an effect on both the physical and psychological symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). The positive effect of the high-dose special extract Ze 440 on all of the symptoms has been confirmed in clinical studies (Berger 2000 and Schellenberg 2001). Because of this good data, drugs made from Monk’s Pepper are increasingly being used by gynaecologists.