With the many advances and discoveries made in the medical field over the years, one might expect that the cause of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) would be clearly known and understood. Unfortunately for patients and healthcare providers alike, this is not the case. General consensus is that PMS is in part linked to changes in hormone levels during the menstrual cycle. For some women, these hormonal changes are severe while others experience less disruption.
The physical and emotional symptoms of PMS may include any of the following: swollen or tender breasts, acne, depression or change in mood, difficulty sleeping, changes in appetite, fatigue, lack of concentration, as well as joint or muscle pain.
While some mistakenly attribute PMS to stress and/or psychological problems, it is more accurate to assume that these may make the symptoms worse, but are not the root cause. Other possible contributing factors are vitamin and mineral levels, eating of salty foods and the retention of water, as well as caffeine and alcohol consumption. Nevertheless, at this time, there is no one conclusive cause or answer. As a result, it is vitally important that your physician take the time to understand your symptoms and lifestyle choices when determining an appropriate treatment approach.
The doctors at the Women’s Health Center are committed to helping you manage your symptoms based on your individual circumstance and your personal preferences. Our physicians are skilled and knowledgeable in utilizing both traditional medications as well as alternative treatments for PMS.