Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a combination of physical and emotional symptoms that occur one or two weeks before a woman's period. Different women experience different symptoms, and they get better once the bleeding begins. The most common symptoms include mood swings, depression, food cravings, tender breasts, bloating, feeling tired, irritability and fatigue. These are normal premenstrual symptoms. But when they disturb a woman's daily life, they are called PMS. PMS can affect a woman's body, mood and even change her behaviour significantly, a few days before her menstrual period. Some women develop PMS in their teens or 20s, some may get it in their 30s. The symptoms may be worse in the late 30s or 40s, when the woman is nearing menopause.
PMS is due to hormonal changes that take place during the menstrual cycle. The intensity and group of symptoms experienced by women are different from person to person. Sometimes, PMS is observed to be running in families. Deficiency of certain vitamins like vitamin B6, calcium or magnesium in food can increase a woman's PMS. High stress levels coupled with the lack of physical activity can also increase PMS.
Causes: The exact cause of PMS is unknown but it is believed to be related to cyclical changes in hormones and fluctuating levels of a chemical called serotonin in the brain. To know more about the causes, Read more.
Symptoms: Women may experience wide range of physical and emotional symptoms that starts one - two weeks before period such as mood swings, tender breasts, acne, food cravings, fatigue, irritability, etc. To know about the symptoms of PMS, Read more.
Diagnosis: A proper record history of the symptoms and observation of their recurrence every month before periods as well as the relief after periods are all good indicators of PMS. To know more on diagnosis, Read more.Treatment approach at Dr Batra’s™:
Step 1: First Consultation – At your first consultation, our doctors will spend 30-45 minutes with you. This is important for us to understand the root cause of PMS in you and suggest a customized treatment based upon your medical history and/or any other factor that might have caused PMS.
Step 2: Medical Diagnosis – A proper record history of the symptoms and observation of their recurrence every month before periods as well as the relief after periods are all good indicators of PMS. Medical test is not required to confirm diagnosis of PMS.
Step 3: Personalized Treatment - Natural homeopathic medicines are suggested that provide relief from PMS symptoms.
Step 4: Advice on nutrition – Our doctors consult you on right nutrition, stress management, and corrective lifestyle habits for better and long-lasting treatment results Read more.
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