Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) has been around since the start of humankind and affects 3 out of 4 menstruating females. 

PMS has a wide array of symptoms, ranging from emotional to physical symptoms. As a result, each woman has unique symptoms that affect each individual differently. During the transition into her cycle a woman's there are hormonal shifts which can affect her estrogen, progesterone and other hormone levels which may impact the well being and quality of life for a woman. 

At Nielsen Clinic (Calgary), we develop a treatment plan specific to your health needs. We help you get to the root of your health concerns by customizing treatment and helping implement positive lifestyle adjustments to help you get control of your PMS symptoms.

Below are sections offering information for common questions as well as various elements of PMS. 

+ What is PMS?

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is when a woman experience emotional, physical, psychological and mood changes after her ovulation and usually ending after the start of her period (menstrual flow).

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) severity and the impact on a woman's quality of life varies for each woman. For some women, the emotional and physical effects of PMS can be severe.

For those who find themselves having difficulty in managing their PMS, getting treatment can help alleviate a lot of physical and emotional discomfort.

+ What causes PMS?

What causes PMS remains open to debate. However, the current evidence leans towards a hormonal imbalance.

Hormones are known to change throughout a women’s menstrual cycle, and these hormones also exert their effect on the body. Tissues throughout a women’s body are sensitive towards a change in hormones and contain receptors that further increase the sensitivity of hormonal changes.

This explains why many women may experience discomfort involving their breast, pelvic region (uterus and ovaries) and emotional changes (nerves depend on neurotransmitters to help regulate stress and emotional response) as all of these organs contain tissues that are sensitive to hormones.

The reason for differences in the severity of PMS is due to the increased sensitivity towards these hormonal changes.

Four main hormones have shown to impact women who suffer from PMS are estrogen, progesterone, prolactin, and dopamine.

Chemical Balance of the Brain
During the development of PMS, a woman's body goes through several hormonal changes. One of those hormonal changes affects serotonin, a chemical that helps regulate mood states. Research studies have shown that some women experience lower serotonin levels which may cause depression and anxiety leading up to their menstrual cycle.

Emotional Stress
High levels of stress can impact premenstrual syndrome. Women who report high levels of stress before their menstrual cycle usually will find that their cramping, bloating and mood swings are more severe for that month.

The main culprit is the increase in estrogen levels and decrease in progesterone levels which occurs before a woman's menstrual cycle result in fluctuations of hormones which can trigger signs and symptoms of PMS.

+ What are symptoms of PMS?

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms and severity can vary for each woman.

Emotional and Behavioral Symptoms
Tension or anxiety
Depressed mood
Crying spells
Mood swings and irritability or anger
Appetite changes and food cravings
Trouble falling asleep (insomnia)
Social withdrawal
Poor concentration

Physical Signs and Symptoms
Joint or muscle pain
Weight gain related to fluid retention
Abdominal bloating
Breast tenderness
Acne flare-ups
Constipation or diarrhea

+ Self-care & Prevention - PMS

Diet: reduce carbohydrates and increasing protein and vegetables can improve PMS symptoms.

Exercise: exercising helps balance out hormones as well as helps release hormones that can improve your moods as well.

Reduce Stress: stress can affect your PMS symptoms. Take some time for yourself and reduce your stress.

+ PMS Treatment - How We Can Help

Step 1 - Listen and understand your concerns: Listen to your health concerns, symptoms, review your health history and check your hormones.

Step 2 - Start your treatment plan to address your main areas of concern: Start your initial treatment plan to address insulin resistance as well as hormonal imbalance by address the symptoms you are struggling with: hot flashes, difficulty losing weight, trouble sleeping, dry or thinning hair, dry skin, etc.

Step 3 - Treating your cause: Tailor your treatment to address both emotional and behavioral symptoms as well as physical signs and symptoms and underlying hormonal imbalance to help you recover.

Natural PMS Treatment

NIELSEN CLINIC 3R's (Remove, Restore & Recover)

Remove Symptoms


Remove: Start addressing hormonal imbalance by address the symptoms you are struggling the most with: mood swings, abdominal bloating, water retention and abdominal cramps.

 Restore Hormones


Restore: Hormonal balance by addressing the underlying hormonal imbalances and reduce the negative effects of high estrogen, improve physical and emotional symptoms. 

Recover Your Health


Recover: Tailoring your treatment may decrease or eliminate PMS symptoms and feel better. Say goodbye to signs and symptoms of PMS.