Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) doesn’t just affect your mood — although that’s certainly a major concern — it can also cause physical symptoms like pain, constipation, and fatigue. Before PMS starts taking over your life, request an evaluation with Leita Harris, MD, of Nurturing You Women’s Health & Wellness in Corona, California. Dr. Harris can help you find the best treatment solution for minimizing PMS issues. Request your PMS consultation by calling/texting the office to speak with a team member, or requesting online.
PMS Q & A
What is PMS?
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is about more than mood swings and feeling overly sensitive. This condition can lead to several issues that start affecting your job, social life, and daily activities. PMS causes changes in your mood and body about one to two weeks before your period, generally right after the time you ovulate.
It isn’t well-understood why some women have more severe PMS symptoms than others, although changes in your hormone levels and inherited body chemistry traits that surface during certain points of your cycle can certainly play a role. Plus, the symptoms you experience with PMS can worsen or even improve the older you get.
What are the symptoms of PMS?
Medical experts estimate that about three in four women experience at least one symptom of PMS each month, although you may certainly experience several issues that can vary from month to month. Premenstrual syndrome can lead to:
- Depression, tension, or anxiety
- Social withdrawal and isolation
- Mood swings, irritability, and anger
- Headaches or migraines
- Breast tenderness
- Decrease in libido
- Acne flare-ups
- Fluid retention
Whether you have an occasional issue associated with PMS, or if it’s starting to take control of you on a monthly basis, you have options for relief at Nurturing You Women’s Health & Wellness.
Is treatment available for PMS?
Yes, and Dr. Harris works diligently to find the best possible solution to resolve PMS symptoms in an effort to improve your quality of life. Although you can’t prevent every episode of PMS, there are plenty of solutions for minimizing side effects. Depending on your specific symptoms and how severe they become, your PMS treatment plan may include:
- Birth control pills
- Diuretic medications
- Dietary counseling
- Exercise planning
- Herbal supplements
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
If your PMS symptoms are worsening due to hormonal fluctuations, especially as you approach perimenopause or menopause, Dr. Harris may recommend bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). No matter how minor or severe your PMS symptoms may be, rest assured, you have several options for treatment at Nurturing You Women’s Health & Wellness.
Before PMS symptoms begin next, start treatment at Nurturing You Women’s Health & Wellness. Request your evaluation with Dr. Harris through the online scheduler, or by calling/texting the office.
Individual results may vary.