Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a condition that affects many women during the second half of their menstrual cycle. It can range from mild to severe and may cause physical, emotional, and behavioral changes.
Many factors contribute to PMS, including lifestyle habits, diet, and genetics. The cause of PMS is unknown, but it's thought that hormone changes may play a role. Symptoms of PMS vary from one woman to another and include:
Treatment for PMS is based on the symptoms a woman is experiencing. If you are concerned about your symptoms, talk to your gynecologist about treatment options. For mild symptoms, lifestyle changes may help. For example, you can try to reduce stress and get more sleep, exercise regularly, and eat a healthy diet. Some women find that taking over-the-counter pain relievers or herbal remedies helps with cramps. If lifestyle changes aren't helping enough to manage your symptoms, there are other options available, including oral contraceptives and medications.
If you feel like you're struggling with PMS, there's no need to suffer in silence. PMS is a common and treatable condition, but finding the right treatment for your needs can be hard. If you're looking for help managing your symptoms, you must find a healthcare provider who takes your health seriously. Call or visit Atlanta Women Specialty Group today, and we will work with you to find the right solution.