Do You Suffer From PMS?

(Originally Posted on May 11, 2015)

Although often joked about and casually referred to, PMS is a real condition that affects the lives of many women of childbearing years. Premenstrual syndrome is a medical condition, which causes many physical and mental symptoms. Some women only experience a few of them and others experience all of them. Around ten percent of women will have very severe symptoms. PMS symptoms are generally noticed right before a woman’s period.

PMS symptoms can almost mirror early pregnancy symptoms; which makes it difficult for women trying to conceive. Tender breasts, fatigue, and food cravings can make some women think that perhaps they are pregnant only to start their period a few days later.

PMS can also include irritability, bloating, depression, tearfulness, and anxiety. Headaches and even aggression are also some of the symptoms. It can really make you miserable. Some experts think it’s the fluctuation of hormones is what causes PMS but it’s not known for sure and, unfortunately, there is no magic cure for it.

So if there is no cure for it and you are not even sure that you have PMS, why even bring it up to your doctor? PMS can truly affect the quality of your life and the life of the loved ones around you. Even though there is no cure, there are things you can do to treat the symptoms of PMS and give you some relief. Your doctor is well informed on PMS and will take your symptoms seriously. These symptoms can vary from month to month and your doctor will help you alleviate your particular brand of PMS.

Although your doctor might have more specific advice on how to deal with particular symptoms, there are some general things you can do to help relieve PMS. Eating healthier before your period will help with some symptoms. This includes eating a lot of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. You should also cut down sugar, caffeine, and salt during this time. Watching your diet is definitely going to help with bloating and energy levels.

Even though you are extremely tired and cranky, getting some exercise works wonders. It’s the last thing you feel like doing, but most women who make themselves take a walk or work out feel a relief in many of their symptoms.

It’s surprising that simply acknowledging that you have PMS and that it only lasts a certain amount of time can really help many women deal with the depression, anxiety, and aggression they feel during PMS. Telling themselves that they are feeling more sad or angry than they normally would and knowing it’s because of their PMS helps deal with their feelings and somehow makes these symptoms easier to manage.

Get your sleep. If you are not well rested, your PMS symptoms will no doubt be magnified. It’s important that no matter how busy you are, try and get adequate shuteye to help relieve PMS.

If are in the Palm Beach or Lake Worth area and feel that you are suffering from PMS, call our office and make an appointment at (561)-434-0111. There is no reason not to address a problem that makes you unhappy and uncomfortable once a month. We can help!

Dr. Lori Sevald

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