Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Treatment

A woman's regular menstrual cycle can bring about more than 150 symptoms, both physical and emotional. They generally show up during the time between her ovulation and menstrual bleeding in a space called the luteal phase. The luteal phase usually begins about fourteen days from the first day of her last menstrual period. Premenstrual symptoms can arise at any point during this phase and continue through the second or third day of the menstrual period.

Premenstrual syndrome affects three out of four women, generally those who are in their late twenties to late forties. It is more likely to occur in women with at least one child and can grow more severe as she approaches menopause.

Doctors have yet to conclusively identify the exact cause of PMS, but evidence shows that it may be the result of hormone changes that occur during the menstrual cycle. During this phase, serotonin levels in the brain fluctuate as well, which may additionally be a contributing factor. A history of depression, stress, and poor eating habits may not be directly responsible, but they can increase the severity of PMS symptoms.

Some of the physical symptoms of PMS include:

Emotional symptoms include:

PMS symptoms may be manageable, but when they begin to affect your quality of life, the best solution is to seek the help of a medical professional.

PMS Treatment

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Treatment

Your physician can help you determine if the conditions you're suffering from are the result of premenstrual syndrome, and can recommend lifestyle changes and medications that can lessen the effects of your symptoms.

If you feel that you may be suffering from premenstrual syndrome, or if the effects of PMS are adversely affecting your life, the first step in treatment is to keep a log of these symptoms for two or three menstrual cycles. In addition to the specific symptoms, you should keep track of their durations as well as the severity. This will help your doctor determine the ideal form of treatment.

Call (408) 946-9453 or contact us online so a medical professional can end your discomfort and help you cope with the effects of premenstrual syndrome.

Author
Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG As an expert in preventive care, innovative treatment solutions, and laparoscopic surgery, board-certified OB/GYN Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG, is a trusted practitioner who’s been in private practice since 1985. Dr. Zikria earned his doctor of medicine from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark. He went on to complete a competitive surgical residency program at Georgetown University in Washington. Dr. Zikria then went through a comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology residency program through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at the Magee-Women’s Hospital. He welcomes new and existing patients to his practice in Milpitas, California.

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