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PMT Alternative therapies?

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AlisonOrdnung Sat 04-May-13 08:07:14

Hello! I've had 10 days PMT every month for almost a year, since my youngest turned 18 months. It's getting worse! I'm paranoid and really, really angry! I lost it with a friend the other day for something not exactly minor, but not meriting the tongue lashing she got. Thankfully she's understanding, but the change from just being annoyed at people for parking badly outside my house to actually being furious with a friend feels like a bit of a watershed. I've been taking 5HTP, Agnus Castus, B12, Evening Primrose, Cod Liver Oil, St John's Wort, and multi vitamins. I didn't think they were making much difference until I've forgotten to take them much this month, when it's got so much worse, but even when I remember to take them I'm still chippy and grumpy. I'm just taking Holland and Barrett ones, does anyone know of any better brands? Has anyone had a similar problem? I'm mid 30s and been told I'm too old for the pill(?!)

chocoluvva Sat 04-May-13 11:36:05

There are lots of better brands: BioCare, Solgar, NutriAdvanced, Pukka and others I can't think off right now.

Good online sites are BodyKind and Vanderbell.

Magnesium and calcium are meant to be calming as is the herb rhodiola.

Restorer Sat 04-May-13 11:59:52

I suffered in exactly the same way, you know even mid rant that you're being ridiculous, but there's no way you're going to stop!

I found cutting sugar out completely made a huge difference. The more stable blood sugar really helps even out my moods. I'd recommend starting the day after AF arrives (obv, not the week before!) The first 10 days are really tough, but after that it's really not that hard, in fact you stop wanting the sweet stuff, because it's just too sweet yswim.

AlisonOrdnung Sat 04-May-13 16:23:08

Thank you. I think now I'm supplement free I might ask the Doc for some blood tests to see if I'm low in iron or B12. I've also heard there's a coil that works well by putting progesterone directly into your uterus - if I'm not too old for such things. I'll check out the better brands too and just try taking one or two supplements instead of the whole monty (costing a king's ransom). Sugar free. Oh lordy, I thought this moment may come. I probably go a bit heavy on the caffeine and wine o'clock too... Sugar would prob be the easiest to ditch. OK Restorer, thanks for the advice, I'll give it a month aaargh. Thank you for this. Feeling a bit more in control now.

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