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Levlen (Levonorgestrel Ethinyl Estradiol)

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Other names: Norplant, Plan B, Levora, Alesse
PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME AND EVENING PRIMROSE OIL
Evening primrose oil has been used very successfully as part of a treatment programme for premenstrual syndrome (PMS) since the beginning of the 1980s. Trials have consistently proved that most women – more than 80% of them – who suffer from PMS improve on evening primrose oil.
Today, few people challenge the view that PMS is a condition which affects the whole system. It is no longer enough to call it PMT – premenstrual tension – as the symptoms are much more pervasive than tension alone.
Six of the most common symptoms experienced by women with PMS are irritability, depression, breast pain, bloating, headaches, and clumsiness.
However, the cluster of symptoms can include swollen ankles, legs and sometimes fingers, reduced libido, constipation, hot flushes, backache, nausea, acne, cramps, food cravings, lethargy and fatigue on the physical side, and, on the psychological and emotional side, anxiety, mood swings, suicidal impulses, low self-esteem, weeping for no obvious reason, sudden tantrums, lack of concentration and lapses of memory.
A woman going through PMS can feel fat and ugly, with an evil temper and a feeling that life is not worth living. PMS can cause havoc in a woman’s life, at worst wrecking relationships, marriages, and careers. Women who suffer from PMS badly can be hell to live with and make unpleasant and unpredictable workmates. Women like this find themselves insufferable too while they are in the throes of PMS. Husbands and children often bear the brunt of their Jekyll and Hyde personalities.
As many as 40% of women aged between 15 and 50 get PMS symptoms of varying degrees, and about 10% gets them very badly indeed. At some time in their lives, about 80% of women experience some PMS symptoms.
For these symptoms to be true PMS, they typically happen up to 14 days before the onset of a period, and disappear when the period starts. The symptoms are similar every month.
PMS sufferers are most frequently in their thirties, and may be women who have had problems on the contraceptive pill, had hypertension during pregnancy, suffered from post-natal depression, and experienced periods of stress. Often, this group of symptoms goes hand in hand with PMS.
For years, women complaining of the emotional and psychological symptoms of PMS have either been told it’s a woman’s problem and is something they have to learn to live with, or else been given tranquillizers or anti-depressants, or seen a psychiatrist. The physical symptoms have usually been treated with hormones and diuretics. All these things have worked to some degree in some people, but have not got to the root of the problem for most women.
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