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Premenstrual Syndrome Treatment

Premenstrual Syndrome Treatment

Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is a series of symptoms that occurs as a part of the menstrual cycle, usually 1-2 weeks before your period. PMS is fairly common, however it is mild with most women.
The menstrual cycle includes many changing hormone levels and chemical imbalances in a woman’s body that can cause PMS. Additionally, stress and a poor diet can worsen symptoms of PMS. Severity of symptoms vary from patient to patient.
There are many symptoms of PMS. Some of the most common are:
  • Acne
  • Headaches
  • Exhaustion
  • Cramps
  • Tender breasts
  • Insomnia
  • Upset stomach
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Heavy bleeding
While there are many symptoms, most women only experience a few of these, though they likely occur in a reoccurring pattern. Mild PMS can be treated by taking care of yourself. This includes getting regular exercise, eating healthy and adequate sleep.
If your physical symptoms do not improve with lifestyle changes, over the counter medications and pain killers can help. In some scenarios, hormonal birth control can stop ovulation and stabilize hormones. Additionally, supplements of calcium, magnesium, vitamin B and vitamin 3 can relieve certain symptoms.
Extreme cases of PMS include severe emotional symptoms, which can be disabling and cause an interruption in daily routine. This is called premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD. PMDD is not as common as PMS but can be treated similarly. It is recommended that you visit your physician if your symptoms do not improve and begin to interfere with your daily routine.
At the Center for Women’s Health, we understand that caring for a woman’s health requires more than just good “medical” care. Call (770) 297-2200 or contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physicians to help you with your health needs.