PMS / PMT is a highly personal experience, the symptoms are varied and inconsistent and how each person is affected by them is also unique. However we are no longer in the dark ages where GP’s used to write people off as being neurotic.
The physical process leading to PMS and PMT is very well understood and yes it IS your hormones but not only your hormones.
Simply put a specific area of the brain called the hypothalamus (via the pituitary gland) releases a hormone to instigate ovulation, where one egg of many thrives and develops to be implanted in the ovarian walls and if the egg is not fertilised the menstrual cycle, breaking down the wall of the ovaries and expelling the egg, and starting the process again. This is what we know as the cycle of ovulation and menstruation.
It’s like the chemical conductor of our bodies.
Many of the symptoms of PMS/PMT such as sugar cravings, restlessness, flushes and irritability can be traced directly to the
hypothalamus simply doing it’s job, playing the music of a hormonal dance between the Hypothalamus (master gland), the pituitary gland, ovaries and uterus.
The hypothalamus is busier than a mum of triplets, it controls appetite, thirst, emotional reactions, the body clock and temperature and many daily bodily functions.
Many people believe that it’s part of our brain that has not had time to adapt to our modern lives, where many of the natural cues it used to take from the environment and nature do not exist any more. (A simple example of this theory is that the electric light means it can daytime, all the time, thus no natural cues)
The hypothalamus is highly influenced by our environment and our emotional state and acts as a major computer in our body analyzing signals from other areas of the brain as well as hormonal signals. Hence this overworked gland can be overwhelmed.
Your hypothalamus needs your magnesium levels to be optimal in order to perform it’s cellular functions properly, manufacturing the hormones and responding to changes in the hormones it monitors and responds to.
The calming effects of optimal magnesium levels also mean less stress load on the hypothalamus that is highly sensitive to and responds to moods.
Menstrual cramps are physiologically the same as other cramps and we know already from our experience and articles here how effective transdermal magnesium is for cramping, it works the same way and is equally effective applied to the area of cramping.