Friday, October 3, 2008

The S.O.S. for PMS - my review

The worst part of this book was recognizing myself in so much of it. The author has good ideas but some are unrealistic (like having dh take the kids out for dinner when you know it will be a bad day). She also recommended charting to know when PMS will strike. Well that may work for women with regular cycles but when they vary from 24-30 days it's near impossible to really know in advance. I think this book would be more helpful for younger women (mid 20s to mid 30s).
The author's big three for managing PMS are stress reduction (impossible with 5 children and three of them being teenagers), exercise (I don't like to) and eating properly (I love caffeine and sweets).... so basically there are ways to help but I don't like any of them... the only other things were some natural supplements (not my thing) and Rx. So I guess what I need to do is pray that menopause strikes fast.
If you are interested in winning a copy of this book, please leave a comment (be sure to leave a way to contact you); drawing will be held on Friday 10 October.


RAnn said...

Do you chart? I don't really anymore but if I recall correctly, most people are pretty consistant in the number of days between ovulation and menses; the difference between a 22 day cycle and a 32 day cycle is the number of phase I and II days; not phase III. I guess what I'm saying is that if you do chart, look at old ones and count phase III days and see if I'm right; if you don't, try at least noting the beginning of phase III on a calendar.

Renee said...

Not as inconsistant as I thought.... 50% of the time phase three was 8 days... but it was as short as 7 and as long as 10 during the last year.

Renee said...

but to know when PMS is going to strike, one needs to know when M is going to arrive. If I assume a 30 days cycle, it will be day 22 but if it's only a 24 day cycle then I'll be surprised earlier with uneven emotions.

Cynthia said...

Why is it the things that would help us with various symptoms are NOT things we'd like to do (LOL)! Aren't there books that tell us to sit around eating chocolate all day?

Renee said...

Maybe we should ask De'Etta to write a book about that??

Mary Byers said...

Just wanted to take a minute to thank you for featuring The S.O.S. for PMS on your blog. I hope women will find hope, help and healing as a result of reading the book and appreciate your help in getting the word out.

Mary Byers
Author, The S.O.S. for PMS