When Should You Seek a Pre-Menstrual Syndrome Specialist?

When Should You Seek a Pre-Menstrual Syndrome Specialist?

If you suffer from emotional and physical changes before your period, you are not alone. In fact, researchers believe that approximately ¾ of menstruating women experience some PMS symptoms.

In many cases these issues can be treated with OTC and at-home care. However, if they are severe enough to disrupt your daily life, then it may be time to see a pre-menstrual syndrome specialist.

Continue reading to learn all about pre-menstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder and how a pre-menstrual syndrome specialist can help with PMS and PMDD management.

What Is Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)?

Pre-menstrual syndrome typically occurs a week before a woman starts her period and is characterized by food cravings, cramps, breast tenderness, mood changes, and fatigue.

What Is Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)?

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and PMS have similar symptoms and are related to hormonal changes that occur with menstruation.

However, PMDD’s emotional and physical symptoms can be debilitating and interfere with many aspects of daily life, including but not limited to, work, school, socializing, and relationships.

What Are the Symptoms of PMDD?

PMDD can present with a variety of symptoms that may include:

Physical Symptoms

  • Cramps and bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Change in appetite
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Hot flashes
  • Sleep problems

Emotional Symptoms

  • Mood swings
  • Depression or feelings of hopelessness
  • Anger and conflict with others
  • Tension, anxiety, and irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Decreased interest in usual activities
  • Feeling out of control

When Should You Seek a Pre-Menstrual Syndrome Specialist?

If you experience at least five symptoms of PMDD, that start 7 to 10 days before your period and resolve shortly after you begin menstruating, it may be time to seek a pre-menstrual syndrome specialist.

A pre-menstrual syndrome specialist will assess your symptoms, conduct a full medical history, perform a physical exam, order necessary lab tests, and rule out other conditions, including depression or other gynecological issues, before making a diagnosis of PMDD.

Schedule an Appointment with a Pre-Menstrual Syndrome Specialist

For additional information about pre-menstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with board-certified gynecologist and pre-menstrual syndrome specialist Dr. Melinda Hall

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