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The Different Types of PMS 08 Sep 2005 01:14 #3044

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From The Cycle Diet.com Blue notes are not part of Dr. Guy Abraham's findings

Types of PMS


Common complaints have been developed and categorized by Dr. Guy Abraham a former professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA who has done extensive research on the subject. Note- women can have more than one type of PMS:

Type A - Anxiety- the most common type, affects between 65-75% of women with PMS. Includes; nervous tension, irritability, and mood swings. Type A is believed to be caused by high estrogen levels, vitamin B complex deficiency with calcium, magnesium, zinc, and possible chromium deficiencies. Also found in women with gluten intolerance or sensitivity due to malabsorption of calcium, iron, folate and other vitamin B's.

Type C- Carbohydrate Cravings- affects 25-35% of women with PMS. A voracious appetite for sweets and refined carbohydrates is believed to be the result of the body's sensitivity to insulin during the luteal phase which can cause hypoglycemia. Higher dietary intakes of saturated fat and animal protein can also cause increased cravings of carbohydrates during the luteal phase in some women, the result of the body trying to clear the system of neutral amino acids in order to raise serum levels of L-Tryptophan, the precursor to serotonin.

Type D- Depression- affecting between 24-35% and is often found in combination with type A. Type A may appear first during the luteal phase followed closely by type D. Symptoms include crying spells, confusion, memory loss and insomnia. Women with this type seem to have higher levels of progesterone and lower levels of estrogen. Also found in women with gluten intolerance or sensitivity due to malabsorption.

Type H-Water imbalance and hyper-hydration- can affect 50-75% women. Type H is believed to be linked to excessive production of aldosterone, causing sodium and water retention. Weight gain is therefore a symptom with swelling and breast tenderness along with abdominal bloating. Sodium sensitive women will need to pay attention to sodium intake as well as excess protein intake. Getting enough calcium, and magnesium will help. Also found in women with gluten intolerance or sensitivity due to malabsorption and inflammation inside the stomach and intestinal tract. If you have an distended abdomen, please be checked for Celiacs or gluten intolerance.


In addition to the above, one more common group of symptoms that is associated with PMS but not actually part of Dr. Abraham's category is dysmenorrhea, I'll call it Type P for Pain.

Type P- Pain - associated with menses can occur right at ovulation as the egg is released from the ovary and also appear a few days prior the menses. Type P includes low back pain, joint pain, nausea and vomiting and uterine cramps. Eating the right fats and avoiding the wrong fats will help in alleviating the inflammation response in you system

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The Different Types of PMS 15 Nov 2005 02:37 #3045

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What if have a combination of all the types? :cry:

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The Different Types of PMS 15 Nov 2005 12:21 #3046

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Hi Karen and Welcome to the Cycle Diet Support board,

Yes, chances are that you will experience several of these symptoms together. Have you had a chance to read through the main site yet? There are more explanations as to what may cause each symptom and what you can do to find relief.

The first thing I always recommend is to start charting your cycle and the symptoms as well as degree of intensity. You will find some helpful charts on this support board if you haven't already run across them.

Please let us know how you are doing along the way and by all means ask as many questions as you like, if you can't seem to find an answer here already.

Good luck on the plan, and remember it's a lifestyle change, not just a diet plan. :D

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The Different Types of PMS 30 Jan 2006 13:38 #3047

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What if you have all types?

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The Different Types of PMS 16 Feb 2007 19:03 #3048

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:) bump

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