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PMS Specialist

Capital Women's Care

OBGYNs located in Rockville, MD

More than 90% of menstruating women experience Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) mood swings, pain, and bloating at some point. For most women, PMS is easily manageable. But for others, PMS symptoms are so debilitating that they have to miss work or school. Doctors at Capital Women’s Care in Rockville, Maryland help women find relief from PMS, and most importantly, rule out other severe menstrual problems that may be causing these symptoms. Call or book your appointment online today to take the first step to managing your PMS.


What is PMS?

PMS is a condition women experience about a week before their period that involves various symptoms. Researchers haven’t determined exactly what causes PMS, but they believe it involves the changes in hormone levels that happen during the menstrual cycle.

To help your doctor determine if you have PMS, keep track of your symptoms, how severe they are, and how long they last. If your symptoms appear during the five days before your period at least three months in a row, you may have PMS.

What are PMS symptoms?

PMS symptoms vary from woman to woman and even change from month to month. Some of the many unwelcome emotional and physical symptoms of PMS include:

  • Abdominal bloating or cramping
  • Acne flare-ups
  • Appetite changes including food cravings
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Decreased libido
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Mood swings that may include anger, anxiety, and depression
  • Swollen or tender breasts

How is PMS treated?

Before your doctor determines you have PMS, they perform a physical exam to rule out other menstrual problems including endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS.)

Heavy, painful, or irregular bleeding during or between periods may be a sign something else is going on.

If your doctor confirms a PMS diagnosis, medication can be incredibly helpful for relieving symptoms and balancing out your moods. Over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers and hormonal birth control may help with physical discomfort. Antidepressants can relieve some of the emotional symptoms as well. Diuretics or water pills ease bloating and breast tenderness.

Healthy lifestyle habits also do wonders for improving PMS symptoms. Eating a healthy diet, and getting regular exercise and plenty of sleep are simple things you can do to make your monthly cycle less of a “curse.” Natural stress relievers like meditation and deep breathing are great ways to improve your mood.

Many women believe PMS is something they have to tolerate. But there are ways to reduce your symptoms. Call or go online to schedule an appointment today and make PMS a thing of the past.