Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Whether it is a headache, uncontrollable cravings, or mood swings, PMS is a real condition experienced by millions of women every month in the days leading up to their menstrual periods. Dr. Neetu K. Sodhi is a gynecologic specialist and can help you alleviate your PMS symptoms. Visit her at Bloom Obstetrics and Gynecology, serving women of Tarzana, CA, the San Fernando Valley as well as the greater Los Angeles area.

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Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

What is premenstrual syndrome?

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is defined as the presence of physical and emotional symptoms prior to the beginning of a woman’s menstrual period. These symptoms typically appear up to five days before her period starts and happen for at least three menstrual cycles in a row and generally interfere with some of her normal activities. Emotional symptoms can include depression, irritability, crying or anger spells, confusion, poor concentration, and insomnia. Physical symptoms may include thirst and appetite changes, food cravings, bloating, headache, fatigue, skin problems, and abdominal pain. Regardless of the combination of symptoms, PMS is a medical condition that deserves the attention of a qualified physician such as Dr. Sodhi.

What conditions mimic PMS?

Depression and anxiety are the conditions that most commonly overlap with PMS, although chronic fatigue and irritable bowel syndrome can also present with similar symptoms. The major difference between the depression or anxiety and PMS is that depression and anxiety are present for more than just a few days before a woman’s period.

Can PMS be treated?

Yes. Dr. Sodhi suggests that to moderate symptoms can be alleviated with regular aerobic exercise, getting enough sleep, and changes in diet and ayurvedic and vitamin supplementation. Patients should exercise a minimum of 30 minutes on most days of the week to see the greatest reduction in PMS symptoms. Eating calcium-rich foods while reducing caffeine, alcohol, fat, and sugars can reduce many symptoms as well. Taking calcium, magnesium, and vitamin E supplements can alleviate many mood, bloating, and breast tenderness symptoms. In some cases where PMS symptoms are severe, where diet and exercise are not enough to alleviate most symptoms, or where Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is diagnosed, Dr. Sodhi may prescribe a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).

There is no reason to needlessly suffer from PMS symptoms. Contact Bloom Obstetrics and Gynecology today for a consultation with Dr. Sodhi to discuss treatment options.