Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is the name given to the group of physical and emotional symptoms associated with a woman's menstrual cycle. Symptoms tend to start 5-10 days before your period begins.
What is PMS?
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a set of physical and emotional changes you experience on the days before your period starts and these symptoms usually resolve once your period begins. Most medical professionals believe PMS symptoms result from the changing hormone levels of your menstrual cycle. However, the exact cause isn’t known. The most common symptoms of PMS include:
- Mood swings and irritability, “short fuse”
- Bloating and weight gain
- Bowel movement changes
- Backache, headache, and breast tenderness
- Acne flare-ups
- Sweet or salty food cravings
For most women, the signs and symptoms of PMS tend to diminish and disappear within four days of the start of your period. Diet modification, increased exercise, and minimized stress also help reduce and relieve symptoms.
However, many of the symptoms of PMS mimic those of other conditions and medical problems. It’s best to make an appointment at Pasadena Pellet Therapy for proper diagnosis.
How is PMS diagnosed?
PMS is a clinical diagnosis made by the doctors at Pasadena Pellet Therapy through a complete physical and pelvic exam and assessment of your medical history. There are no unique physical findings or laboratory tests used to positively diagnose PMS.
Since PMS symptoms generally follow a predictable premenstrual pattern, keeping a record of your symptoms for at least two menstrual cycles helps with diagnosis. Be sure to indicate both the day you first notice your PMS symptoms and the day they disappear. Also, make a note of the days your period begins and ends.
How is PMS treated?
How your PMS gets treated depends on the severity of your symptoms. However, it’s not uncommon for the doctors at Pasadena Pellet Therapy to prescribe medication to help relieve PMS symptoms. Commonly prescribed PMS medications include:
- Antidepressants like Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft, either taken daily or two weeks before the onset of your period
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen ease cramping and breast discomfort
- Diuretics (water pills) reduce weight gain, swelling and bloating of PMS, help your body shed excess fluid through your kidneys
- Hormones to stop ovulation and bring relief from PMS symptoms.
For help alleviating your PMS symptoms, call or make an appointment online today at Pasadena Pellet Therapy in Pasadena, California.