Some people seem to think that PMS is a joking matter. But any woman who has truly experienced PMS knows that it is nothing to take lightly.
Medically speaking, PMS is described as physical, psychological, and behavioral symptoms that occur in the second half of the menstrual cycle. These symptoms afflict the majority of women to a varying degree. In about 10-15% of women, PMS can cause severe distress. Symptoms of PMS usually disappear with or shortly after the onset of the menstrual period. They are usually not present in the preovulatory phase of the menstrual cycle.
Some physical changes include but are not limited to breast tenderness, bloating, swelling, headaches, weight-gain, and fatigue. Psychological and behavioral symptoms may include but are not limited to irritability, occasional hostility and anger, tension and restlessness, crying spells, and changes in libido.
We understand that the effects of PMS can be significantly detrimental to your sense of well-being and ability to function the way you would like to. The good news is that we can help you reach your goal and feel your best no matter what “time of the month” it is. So don’t hesitate to discuss your PMS-related issues with your About Women doctor or nurse practitioner.
If you wish to talk to us about PMS and strategies for relief, bring it up at your next annual exam or schedule a consultation. Recommendations for managing and/or treating PMS symptoms may include:
- Lifestyle-related items such as diet, exercise, and sleep habits
- Nutritional supplementation or medications