Bloating, headache, backache, and craving for foods that are either sweet or salty – all can be easily thought as no more than symptoms of the usual hormonal instability in women called premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Karen Riley was experiencing the aforementioned symptoms for years but doctors brushed it off as PMS even while her pain increased over time. That was until she met a chiropractic and wellness and nutrition practitioner, Dr. Daniel Bies, whom Riley was regularly visiting for backache treatments.

After learning that Riley experienced headaches every time her period was about to start, Dr. Bies prescribed Riley to undergo a diagnostic test to measure her hormone levels during her menstrual cycle.

The Coordination of Hormones

The average 28-day menstrual cycle starts with four days of blood flow. At this time, an increase in estrogen happens in the woman’s body which reaches its peak on the 14th day, prompting ovulation.

The hormone called progesterone also increases as the uterine lining thickens and the cervix becomes more attuned for fertilization. If fertilization doesn’t take place, the estrogen drops causing the uterine lining to shred. The chemical called DHEA is mainly in charge for this intricate coordination of the hormones.

Several symptoms may arise from an imbalance of these hormones. A woman may experience headache, weight gain, and cramps and cravings that are experienced in varying degrees.

Due to the indefiniteness of the symptoms, it is difficult to pinpoint what causes such imbalance but genetics and taking oral contraceptives are being considered as potential factors.

Treating Hormonal Imbalance

After being diagnosed with a dominance of estrogen, Riley was given a natural vitamin formula to clear out unneeded estrogen in her body and natural progesterone cream to applyon her skin. She also took a DHEA supplement that aided in regulating her hormones. The prescriptions worked wonderfully in illuminating the symptoms of her hormonal imbalance.

Riley warns that not all natural supplements and medications are beneficial for people. The results may vary from individual to individual. She highly suggests gathering enough information about your disorder and reading supplement labels.   After all, no one can keep your body running right better than you.