Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a condition that usually displays symptoms one to two weeks before a woman’s monthly period (menstruation). Common symptoms of PMS may include mood swings, irritability, difficulty sleeping, headache, bloating, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, constipation, and fatigue. PMS is thought to be caused by changes in hormones of the body due to the menstruation cycle. This condition is manageable and predictable.

Menstrual cycles typically last between 21-35 days. Therefore, women typically find it useful to track the dates of their monthly periods in order to predict when they may begin experiencing symptoms of PMS again. Treatment options for PMS include exercise, healthy eating, the use of warm compresses on the painful areas, and the temporary use of over the counter pain medications. Some forms of prescription birth control (contraceptives) are also known to provide relief from PMS symptoms.

If the symptoms of PMS become more severe, you may be facing a more serious condition called Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). The symptoms of PMDD may include depression or thoughts of suicide, panic attacks, trouble thinking, and fatigue. If you believe you or your family member may be experiencing this more serious condition, it is important that you speak to a doctor about the most current treatment options.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)" for support, advocacy or research.

HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

Last Updated: 9 Jul 2015

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)" for support, advocacy or research.

HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

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Last Updated: 9 Jul 2015

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Dienogest Versus Luteal Phase Fluoxetine in the Management of Premenstrual Syndrome
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Premenstrual Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 20 Jan 2017

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Last Updated: 20 Jan 2017

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Does Adding Oral Contraceptives to Fluoxetine Improve the Management of Premenstrual Syndrome?
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Premenstrual Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 3 Jul 2016

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