PMS

What if PMS doesn't exist and this is my REAL personality?

A majority of women experience physical and behavioral changes during the premenstrual phase of their cycles. About five percent of women show symptoms serious enough to be diagnosed as premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD.
 
If you experience moderate to severe PMS, it is very important that you talk to a physician to rule out more serious underlying conditions such as generalized anxiety disorder, depression and others. Even after PMS or PMDD are diagnosed, no one treatment cures everyone, so it is important that  your physician understand which symptoms affect you the most so that you can get treatment tailored to your exact needs.
 
For those with moderate PMS, lifestyle changes and medications can combat symptoms and greatly improve your quality of life. Start by trying one of the many over-the-counter medications that help with bloating, cravings, cramps and mood swings. If symptoms persist, make an appointment with your physician to discuss prescription options.
 
There are also lifestyle changes that you can make that have the potential for overall positive effects, including:
  • Reducing caffeine intake
  • Quitting smoking
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Sleeping at least seven hours per night
  • Reducing stress
  • Eating nutritious foods regularly
At Carolina WomenÂ’s Health, we recognize that PMS does exist and it can be treated to improve symptoms. To find out how we can help you eliminate the monthly Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Make-You-Want-to-Hide, make an appointment by calling 382-4000.