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Pharmacological treatments for PMS and PMDD

Published on
4 Oct
2023

PMS – also known as premenstrual syndrome – is the group of symptoms lots of people experience in the weeks before their period. Research suggests that up to three out of four people get PMS symptoms at some point in their life. Common symptoms include mood swings, feeling upset or anxious, breast tenderness, changes in appetite, altered sex drive, bloating, confusion and generally feeling off-kilter. PMDD is often described as a much more severe form of PMS, with often debilitating psychological symptoms.

Symptoms can range from barely noticeable to so severe that someone has to take time off work, school or social activities. It’s important to see your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms are getting in the way of your daily life, as there are steps you can take to help manage them. These include lifestyle changes, pharmaceutical treatments, complementary/alternative therapy, and surgery. Here we’ll focus on the pharmaceutical options, ranging from over-the-counter medication to prescribed hormonal and non-hormonal therapy.

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