Relieve PMS – that’s the goal of Sis and her found­ing part­ner Mar­gaux. Together, with their startup Cir­cles, they want to help men­stru­at­ing peo­ple have a pain-free and har­mo­nious period. But what actu­ally is pre­men­strual syn­drome (PMS), what are the symp­toms of PMS and how can they be eased? In our inter­view with Sis, we learned not only a lot about her startup, but also about PMS.

Can you intro­duce you and your start up?

Cir­cles’ mis­sion is to give women and men­stru­at­ing peo­ple to expe­ri­ence har­mo­nious cycles and to alle­vi­ate men­stru­a­tion and hor­mone related symp­toms like PMS, period pains or skin prob­lems nat­u­rally. The founders are my co-founder, Mar­gaux Alia­mus and myself, Sis Timberg.

How did you come up with the idea for your start up?

We both have a very long and com­plex his­tory with men­strual issues. After Mar­gaux came off the pill, she had to deal with acne, hair loss, irreg­u­lar and very painful peri­ods for a long time. I (Sis) have always had very intense pain dur­ing my peri­ods, I swal­lowed painkillers so often that they stopped hav­ing an effect. After the birth of my daugh­ter, I started hav­ing acute PMS symp­toms before my peri­ods. It was to the extent that I was basi­cally not myself half the month. 

We both felt very lonely with our symp­toms, we didn’t really get a lot of sup­port from doc­tors, and besides that not many peo­ple really speak openly about this topic. It’s still heav­ily taboo. It even­tu­ally became clear to us that it could not go on like this, and we decided to do some­thing about it and cre­ate a solu­tion that we’ve been look­ing for all these years. Through a lot of research and exchange with natur­opa­thy experts, we came to the con­clu­sion that nature has it within itself to solve this prob­lem. Our PMS symp­toms actu­ally dis­ap­peared, and that was the “aha-moment” when we real­ized, “Wow, all women and men­stru­at­ing peo­ple should know that there are alter­na­tives to pain and hor­mone issues – you can relieve PMS symp­toms!” That’s how Cir­cles came to be.

Why do men­stru­at­ing peo­ple have PMS?

PMS can come from an imbal­ance of hor­mones in our body. Dur­ing your cycle, your body goes through hor­mone fluc­tu­a­tions: when expe­ri­enc­ing imbal­ances, this tran­si­tion doesn’t go as smoothly as it should. In addi­tion, exces­sive or a defi­ciency in cer­tain hor­mones can also trig­ger symp­toms, which as stud­ies show, is some­thing the major­ity of men­stru­at­ing peo­ple suf­fers from.

How does PMS affect your body?

Alto­gether there are about 150 dif­fer­ent symp­toms asso­ci­ated with PMS, like

  • breast ten­der­ness
  • anx­i­ety
  • depres­sive mood
  • acne
  • mood swings
  • weight gain
  • exhaus­tion
  • bloat­ing
  • crav­ings
  • migraines and more

We find that pretty crazy! Since nutri­tion, stress, sleep, trauma etc. can also play an impor­tant role in those kinds of symp­toms, and hor­monal symp­toms can be an inter­twined issue, a lot of peo­ple don’t notice the con­nec­tion to their men­strual cycle until many years later.

What’s your per­sonal expe­ri­ence with PMS?

I (Sis) have always had mood swings before my period. After the birth of my daugh­ter it got worse. I would be totally “down” for an entire week, sad for no real rea­son, extremely self-crit­i­cal. I couldn’t con­cen­trate and was very “worn out”. A lot of times I had the feel­ing as if no one under­stood me. On top of that, I also had phys­i­cal PMS symp­toms like water reten­tion, breast pain and nau­sea. I felt like I was about to explode. And I felt like that for about ten days, every month! There weren’t any pain med­ica­tions for that …

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What prod­ucts are you devel­op­ing, and how do they relieve PMS?

Alto­gether we’ve devel­oped three prod­ucts against PMS, hor­monal acne and period pain; they address three hor­monal “pro­files”. Bal­ance is our prod­uct against PMS: It’s a dietary sup­ple­ment that has ingre­di­ents like vitex and black cohosh that are known for their hor­mone bal­anc­ing prop­er­ties. It also con­tains rose root and ginkgo which are good for the psy­che, sleep and con­cen­tra­tion. Mag­ne­sium and Vit­a­min B6 work to calm stress, alle­vi­ate inflam­ma­tion, breast ten­der­ness and crav­ings. In the end, all the ingre­di­ents are ver­sa­tile: they do not only act specif­i­cally against one symp­tom, but gen­er­ally help against the dif­fer­ent trig­gers and relieve PMS. 

The effect of all the ingre­di­ents in our prod­ucts has been con­firmed by med­ical research over the last 50 years, only there has been no com­pre­hen­sive approach that has used this knowledge.

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Why is edu­cat­ing about PMS so important?

PMS, like every­thing that has to do with men­stru­a­tion, was – and still is – a taboo topic. Nei­ther doc­tors nor those affected really know a lot about it, moth­ers rarely edu­cate their daugh­ters about men­strual cycles because they them­selves don’t even know! We still hear, “It’s nor­mal” to suf­fer from mood swings, pain, crav­ings etc. But that’s not true, those are all symp­toms of hor­monal imbal­ances that you can work on balancing.

A huge part of our mis­sion ismis­sion, is that this topic should no longer be taboo. Only then improve­ments can be made. Sec­ondly, it’s impor­tant to know: our lifestyle, our nutri­tion, stress etc. all have a huge influ­ence on our PMS and over­all cycle health. That means any­one can improve their PMS them­selves. We know the power of med­i­c­i­nal herbs and nutri­tion can have on our cycle. We get mes­sages daily from men­stru­at­ing peo­ple who can­not believe they sud­denly get to live a symp­tom-free life. 

Relieve PMS: Cir­cles Tips for PMS Symptoms

As a first step, we sug­gest track­ing your cycle; when and which symp­toms show up. Adjust your diet a bit to see if foods like dairy, gluten, sugar, alco­hol or caf­feine are pos­si­ble trig­gers for your symp­toms. But it’s very impor­tant to us that we don’t present a dog­matic opin­ion: we also enjoy eat­ing pizza or drink­ing a glass of red wine and some­times too much cof­fee. How­ever, to be able to rec­og­nize that these things influ­ence our cycle can be a true path to “empow­er­ment”. With this knowl­edge you can decide if, when and how much of it you want to consume.

If you’re look­ing for more tips, our ebook, “the 28-day method” is just right: 150 pages that give a clear expla­na­tion of how men­strual cycles work, which imbal­ances there are and how you can get a grip on your symp­toms with exer­cise, diet and stress management. 

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The jour­ney to a symp­tom-free period

Before we started on this jour­ney, we too were some­what skep­ti­cal that one could have a symp­tom free period. It was so free­ing to expe­ri­ence that our­selves. Even the small­est changes can lead to dra­matic improve­ments and help us live more har­mo­niously with our own bod­ies. Try it yourself!

Britta Wiebe, period education, Vulvani
Britta 
Co-Founder Vul­vani | britta@vulvani.com | Web­site | + posts

Britta Wiebe is the co-founder of Vul­vani. She loves research­ing, writ­ing and design­ing new arti­cles or inno­v­a­tive edu­ca­tional con­cepts about men­stru­a­tion all day long. When she is not trav­el­ling the world, she enjoys spend­ing time with her loved ones in the beau­ti­ful city of Ham­burg in Germany.