In some cases, premenstrual syndrome is serious enough to disrupt a woman’s life. When this occurs, the physicians at Capital Women's Care provide accurate diagnosis and treatment to patients dealing with this problem. This service is available to women throughout Frederick, Mount Airy & Urbana, Maryland. Call the offices today to schedule an appointment.
Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is a condition that occurs as a direct result of the patient’s menstrual cycle. This condition is very common and may affect up to 75% of menstruating women.
PMS may cause a variety of symptoms, including:
While some women experience 1-2 mild symptoms of PMS, others may experience multiple symptoms that dramatically affect their lives every month.
Researchers believe that PMS occurs because of hormonal fluctuations related to the normal menstrual cycle. Depression and chemical imbalances in the brain may also contribute to the development of PMS.
Capital Women's Care may diagnose women who have severe PMS symptoms with a more serious condition known as “premenstrual dysphoric disorder,” or PMDD. This extreme version of PMS causes significant emotional and behavioral disturbances, including moodiness, anger, depression, and severe anxiety.
Capital Women's Care diagnoses PMS or PMDD primarily based on the patient’s symptoms. In some cases, doctors may order tests to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms, such as thyroid disorders.
Some women with PMS can control their symptoms with at-home treatment. For example, over-the-counter medications may help with headaches, bloating, and other mild physical symptoms. Some women may also benefit from using heating pads on the stomach, engaging in regular physical activity, and eating a healthier diet.
When a patient has severe PMS or PMDD, Capital Women's Care recommends other treatments, such as prescription medication to treat depression or birth control pills to regulate the menstrual cycle.
Patients should make an appointment at Capital Women's Care to discuss PMS if symptoms are affecting their quality of life. For example, if a patient feels too sick to work or enjoy her hobbies because of PMS, an appointment is necessary. Women should also make an appointment for treatment if PMS causes severe depression or anxiety.
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