Luteal Phase Depression + PMDD (Hormonal Mood Swings)



hello how are you welcome welcome to today's episode today I'm going to be talking about luteal phase depression mood swings even severe forty and suppression in the luteal phase now the luteum phase is your second half of your cycle so I just break it down a little bit a normal cycle is around 28 days long day one is the first day of your bleed and then obviously you bleed for some people bleed for five days six days ten days uh everyone's a little bit different but generally you have a bleed for about five days then I around day 14 you have a LH surge and what this causes is this causes ovulation this causes for the egg to be released around mid-cycle day 14 then from about day fourteen to day 28 that's your luteal phase these are the two weeks where the corpus luteum which is the released egg starts to produce hormones estrogen and progesterone too ready you for pregnancy and then if you don't get pregnant your period comes around again around 28 days later now that is your normal cycle now a lot of things can happen in this luteal phase so we've got symptoms for instance so you could get symptoms some people get no symptoms because they go through this quite easy and breezy but if you're one of the unlucky ones you might experience headaches nausea extreme fatigue insomnia anxiety lightheaded when you stand feeling cold or sweating may be mild cramps may be bloating may be constipation maybe even diarrhea for some so there are a ray of different symptoms are the symptoms as well that also indicate that maybe ovulation has hasn't happened as it should is you may get that egg white discharge on day 14 or around there but instead of getting it for that one day and then kind of drying up you get the egg white discharge kind of on and off through your luteal phase you might also get nerve pain you might also get very bad body pain migraines increase fibromyalgia muscle aches and pains and if you've got a condition like MS chronic fatigue herpes any viral infections fibromyalgia you may actually find that your symptoms worse and a hell of a lot more during the luteal phase and this can be due to the hormone shifts and also the sensitivity to the hormones if they are shifting around very quickly premenstrual dysphoric disorder is an extreme version of PMS it's an extreme version of this luteal phase depression with extreme low moods extremely fatigued this will affect your thyroid you just won't feel like doing anything you just won't feel like hanging out with people you'll feel very very low it is like depression and some women fear they're suffering from depression but it just happens in this window in the luteal phase it can be debilitating for some women it really makes you feel like you don't want to go out it feels like you can't be bothered with work it can affect your social life it can affect your relationship that can affect your work and it cannot just affect your day-to-day life during that phase so this PMDD can be extremely severe so a few things can go wrong during this phase there's lots of room for little things to mess up for example you could have no too late luteinizing hormone surge if there's no LH cerb you said you may not get a you may not get an ovulation you could also have very little progesterone meaning you get no ovulation you can have excess progesterone an excess progesterone does occur in a few women particularly those with autoimmune disease and what tends to happen is if you are highly stressed or you have insulin resistance or high blood sugar progesterone gets converted to pregnenolone and ala pregnenolone and these can cause extreme symptoms because your body can be sensitive to these and they can cause receptors from GABA to be blocked and they can cause extreme fatigue weariness and depression you can also have no estrogen so if you've got Sturgeon you might have testosterone issues during the luteal phase angular irritability hair growth acne that kind of thing all you might have estrogen dominance and over stimulation of the follicles where you've got these excess hormones leading to anxiety leading to bloating leading to irritability or insomnia with the excess estrogen you're more heightened and maybe heart palpitations that kind of thing so you can see there's a lot of room for manure hormones and everyone's a little bit different in terms of what they're what's happening and what could be going on so it really pays to dig in and just have a look at your symptoms have a look at what can be going wrong in the luteal phase look at the physical mental emotional symptoms try and figure out exactly when you're ovulating you and look for that temperature spike look for that LH serve look for that egg white district this discharge note if you do have any pain around ovulation really tune into your symptoms to give you an idea of why you're getting those other symptoms during your luteal phase low progesterone to high Eastridge n' so if you've got low progesterone to a high Easter and we know low progesterone can be caused by chronic stress low progesterone can be caused by blood sugar issues low progesterone can also be caused by thyroid issues but another thing that happens if you don't ovulate and you don't get the corpus luteum your body during the luteal phase won't be able to produce progesterone it's a corpus luteum that produces progesterone so what you'll get in the luteal phase is those Eastridge in dominant and low progesterone symptoms very sore painful breasts lots of bloating lots of water retention insomnia anxiety those are what you get with that low progesterone too high estrogen if you've got hyperinsulinemia you're likely to suffer from no ovulation at all so you might get a lot of pain down there you might also get a lot of the egg white discharge sort of on and off through the through the luteal phase so to look out for that and again you will get that anxiety you might get sugar cravings you might get insomnia so really dig in and see what separate symptoms you are experiencing if progesterone is converting too much to pregnant alone or a low pregnenolone these hormones you could be sensitive to and you'll get more of that extreme fatigue maybe extreme depression now it's high insulin and stress that causes that conversion to go on more so if you know that you're likely to have blood sugar fluctuations you have sugar cravings you have cravings in your luteal phase you you have diabetes in their family and you suffer from these extreme symptoms during the second half of your cycle it is possible that you're having that over conversion so you really need to start to regulate your blood sugar and make sure you're not having too many sweets too many sugars during that phase and really work on your diet and then also work on your stress levels to help you during your luteal face you're not getting such terrible symptoms during that phase so things like alcohol things like sugar things like stress insulin and polycystic ovarian syndrome can all kind of exacerbate these symptoms during that phase but what's happening in the bigger picture is these hormone fluctuations low estrogen high Eastridge and low progesterone ala pregnenolone insulin cortisol what's really happening underlying as they are affecting your neurotransmitters so there is something we can do as well as treating the root cause and working on your hormones we can also a trick or treat you acutely in the luteal phase this is vital to make you feel better because if you're suffering from any luteal phase depression anxiety you're really not gonna have that drive to search for the root cause because you'll either be feeling overwhelmed or you'll be feeling exhausted and when you're feeling like that you kind of don't feel like doing anything you don't feel like getting to the root cause so what I want to talked about today it's a couple of things you can do in your luteal phase to help with those extreme symptoms so let's talk about low GABA for example we know that we know that progesterone potential it's Gabba we know that Easter Jing can regulate GABA and we also know that too much conversion of progesterone to Ala pregnenolone can cause issues with gamma as well so we want to have Gabon nicely balanced so when GABA is nicely balanced you'll be able to adapt to stress you'll feel happy you'll be able to concentrate properly your memory will be in good working order gaba also regulates pain as well so when gabrielle oh you get very very tight in the body you'll get muscle pain and you'll get tightness you might get headaches as well and definitely sleep problems and insomnia and a little bit of anxiety now if this comes on a lot and but you don't get that extreme depression fatigue it's more that anxiety it's more that body aching it could be a sign of low GABA now another thing that happens with low progesterone is serotonin so progesterone sarahx regulate serotonin as well as estrogen now low serotonin is extremely common particularly in this luteal phase you know sign of low serotonin is more that ruminating solo gaba is more body stress serotonin is more ruminating you might get constipation you might feel more compulsive you might be depressed you might have poor sleep you might be craving sugar and sweet foods you may just be feeling below everything that you did enjoy before you don't enjoy and all you feel like doing is watching TV you know work just feels like it's too much for you cleaning the house feels like it's too much for you you can't bother to clean the house you can't be bothered to wash your clothes you just Mew just can't be bothered and that can that can cause issues as well and that can go back to East region and progesterone so Podesta gesturing potentiate serotonin so it causes it to higher and East region more regulates it so if estrogen is too low you will have problems if estrogen is too high you will have problems so those are what can be going on there so what we want to look at is we want to look at how we can treat those treat those symptoms and treat them so you'll feel better and then you can get to the root cause so let's have a look at serotonin so if it's low serotonin ruminating all the thought compulsive forts feeling joyfulness not feeling connected to others maybe a low libido maybe constipated maybe tummy cramps as well that low serotonin you can support the serotonin through things like 5-htp tryptophan since john's wort is amazing as well it works like an SSRI and natural SSRI Wiseau works quite nicely MSN is very good and also methylfolate is very good as well so you can use any of those and experiment with them in that luteal phase to see if they help to give you your know they'll start to calm you down and give you that kind of joy bag and level you out slightly now gapper is more indicated like I said with that body aches and pains you might be getting extreme headaches you might be feeling a little bit anxious and so gaba you can take either as gaba but another thing you can take particularly if you have extreme sugar or carbohydrates is glutamine so you know a couple of serves of glutamine on empty stomach can help to support your GABA levels but also it can help to quell those cravings Oh sugar cravings so gluten glutamine can be fabulous join you lou teal phase particularly if you have extreme sugar cravings where you just end up demolishing chocolate bags bars left right and center now extreme fatigue extreme fatigue can be caused because there's an issue with the sensitivity with your hormones but another issue can be endorphins if you've got very low endorphins so something that helps to pick your endorphins up during your luteal phase can be l acetyl carnitine l acetyl carnitine is wonderful for your endorphins and getting your dopamine going and that's another thing that can be low during this time as well dopamine can start to get low and low dopamine can cause that fatigue you don't really feel like doing anything you feel very disconnected extreme low libido so that can be low as well now L acetyl carnitine and rhodiola help to regulate dopamine as well and that can just give you that pickup during that luteal phase particularly if you find you're really drag your feet and for some women it can last for two weeks so it can be pretty exhausting and pretty debilitating and it can put you a couple of steps back so LSC top carnitine and rhodiola are fabulous for your endorphins and just getting that little bit of energy into the body to support you during that time so we've got the serotonin gaba dopamine and endorphins for you to start to regulate during that time if you find you've got issues with them now we haven't touched on the hormones now the hormone balance is obviously a little bit more tricky and I will go into more detail on those in my next episodes but for now it was just to help you understand what symptoms you might be experiencing during your luteal phase and what you can do to give you symptomatic relief you can use these amino acids for symptomatic relief so let me know how you go I look forward to hearing from you until next time bye bye

3 Replies to “Luteal Phase Depression + PMDD (Hormonal Mood Swings)”

  1. Are symptoms like bleeding/spotting from the day 11 up to day 15/16 (5/6 days) around ovulation normal? I get that nearly every month of my cycle. Sometimes just spotting/ dark discharge sometimes red blood. Thank you xx

  2. I love your videos, Naomi! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us!
    I have a request: could you turn the volume up or speak louder? That would be great! Many thanks!! 🙂

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