PMS Relief

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 has been described as cyclically reoccurring symptoms, physical, psychological, and behavioral, that manifest in the second half of the menstrual cycle. To a varying degree, these symptoms afflict the majority of women; 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.

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 with one of our clinicians. Your About Women clinician's recommendations for managing and/or treating PMS symptoms may include:

  • Lifestyle-related items such as diet, exercise, and sleep habits
  • Nutritional supplementation or medications

Most importantly, 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 help in reaching your goal and feeling your best is available no matter what “time of the month” it is. So don't hesitate to discuss your PMS-related issues with your About Women clinician.