What is PMS?
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) affects about 30 million American women for a week or two before their period. PMS results from a relative estrogen dominance and progesterone deficiency. It may start in a woman’s 20s, but is most common in their 30s and 40s, and may even extend into Perimenopause. PMS symptoms are undesirable and can significantly impact in your life both emotionally and physically.
PMS is not a depressive disorder, it’s a hormonal disorder—anti-depressants just cover up the symptoms and are not treating the underlying cause. Contrary to popular opinion, PMS is not a depressive disorder, but a fluctuating hormonal disorder. We have many patients who were initially treated with anti-depressants, anxiety pills and sleeping pills, but went off of them once their hormonal balance was restored.
Women with PMS (progesterone deficiency) also have a higher risk for breast cancer and should not wait to take preventive measures.
Common symptoms of PMS:
- Irritability and Anxiety
- Breast Tenderness
- Weight Gain
- Headache or Migrane, usually occurs the first day of a period when the estrogen level crashes
After a thorough history and physical, we conduct blood tests; which at the minimum includes an assessment of sex hormone levels (Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone and DHEA). We then create a plan to control symptoms by replacing the deficient hormone/s with bio-identical preparations given in natural ways, and monitoring blood levels to adjust dosing if necessary.
We incorporate weight loss measures when necessary and include additional breast cancer prevention measures
(see Dr. Mahmud’s book, Keeping aBreast: Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer) , because we feel strongly that they should be an essential part of managing PMS.
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