Since three out of four women experience, or have experienced, some form of premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, chances are, you have too. PMS is linked to hormone levels and can start as soon as you enter your childbearing years in your teens, and persist all the way through to menopause. Each month, as your body prepares for pregnancy, your estrogen and progesterone levels increase, which for many, leads to changes in mood and physical appearance.
It remains a mystery as to why some women are more susceptible or sensitive to hormone changes, but doctors believe that heredity plays a key role — in other words, if your mother suffered from severe PMS symptoms, you might suffer from them as well.
In less common cases, severe PMS is associated with an undiagnosed depression.
The symptoms of PMS and the degrees to which they manifest themselves are about as varied as the women who have them. Some women experience no change at all during their menstrual cycles, while others have pronounced and debilitating reactions. Whether mild or severe, the most common symptoms of PMS are:
These symptoms are not always constant and may be worse during some cycles than others. The symptoms may also change before and after pregnancy and usually start to diminish with age.
If you feel that your PMS symptoms are restricting your normal activities, talk with either Dr. Osman or Dr. Sanches to find out how to lessen their impact. They can take into account the severity of your symptoms and your lifestyle before making any medication recommendations, which may include:
As important as medications are in controlling the symptoms, so, too, are the measures you should take at home to minimize your PMS symptoms, such as:
Ultimately, Dr. Sanches or Dr. Osman sets you up with a treatment strategy that helps you deal with PMS and get back to your normal routine.
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