Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Treatment in Bristol, VA
A woman's regular menstrual cycle can bring about more than 150 symptoms, both physical and emotional. They generally show up during the time between her ovulation and menstrual bleeding in a space called the luteal phase. The luteal phase usually begins about fourteen days from the first day of her last menstrual period. Premenstrual symptoms can arise at any point during this phase and continue through the second or third day of the menstrual period.
Premenstrual syndrome affects three out of four women, generally those who are in their late twenties to late forties. It is more likely to occur in women with at least one child and can grow more severe as she approaches menopause .
Doctors have yet to conclusively identify the exact cause of PMS, but evidence shows that it may be the result of hormone changes that occur during the menstrual cycle. During this phase, serotonin levels in the brain fluctuate as well, which may additionally be a contributing factor. A history of depression, stress , and poor eating habits may not be directly responsible, but they can increase the severity of PMS symptoms.
Some of the physical symptoms of PMS include:
- Swollen or tender breasts
- Water retention and bloating
- Irregular bowel movements
- Discharge from the nipples when they are pressed
- Cravings for sweet or salty food
- Trouble sleeping
- Decreased libido
- Headaches or migraines
- Sore muscles and joints
- Lower back pain
Emotional symptoms include:
- Loss of focus
- Mood swings
PMS symptoms may be manageable, but when they begin to affect your quality of life, the best solution is to seek the help of a medical professional.
Your physician can help you determine if the conditions you're suffering from are the result of premenstrual syndrome, and can recommend lifestyle changes and medications that can lessen the effects of your symptoms.
If you feel that you may be suffering from premenstrual syndrome, or if the effects of PMS are adversely affecting your life, the first step in treatment is to keep a log of these symptoms for two or three menstrual cycles. In addition to the specific symptoms, you should keep track of their durations as well as the severity. This will help your doctor determine the ideal form of treatment.
Call (423) 482-8711 or contact Dr. Dalal Akoury online so a medical professional can end your discomfort and help you cope with the effects of premenstrual syndrome.
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