Premenstrual Syndrome

PMS is a group of symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle. It typically occurs a week prior to menstruation (monthly shedding of the uterine lining commonly known as bleeding.) PMS affects menstruating women of all ages and is thought to be linked to hormonal changes.

If you feel your premenstrual syndrome is atypical and requires attention, please make an appointment with one of our physicians. Otherwise, here are a few lifestyle changes you can make to possibly ease some of the symptoms of PMS:

  • Take a multivitamin with folic acid and vitamin D
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat healthy (fruits, vegetables and whole grains)
  • Avoid smoking, alcohol, salt, caffeine and sugary foods
  • Get enough sleep

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

PMDD is a condition associated with severe emotional and physical problems closely linked to the menstrual cycle. Many consider PMDD to be a severe form of PMS (although they are not the same.) PMDD is very disruptive to a woman’s life and typically occur after ovulation and gets worse before menses. Talk to your doctor about the symptoms of PMDD as a combination of severe symptoms is descriptive of this disorder.

There are prescription medications to help treat PMDD as well as non-prescriptive means.