PMS Specialist

New England Women's Healthcare

OBGYNs located in Woburn, MA

According to the U.S. Office on Women’s Health, more than 90% of women suffer from symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, better known as PMS. This dreaded condition can make you feel bloated, moody, and all-around miserable. But, there’s good news about PMS: Your friendly and experienced OB/GYN at New England Women’s Healthcare in Woburn, Massachusetts, can help you feel like yourself during this frustrating before-your-period time. Book your appointment online or by phone today.

PMS Q & A

What is PMS?

PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, is a syndrome in which you have intrusive physical and emotional symptoms in the days leading up to your period. Some of the most common symptoms of PMS include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Extreme irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Disorientation or confusion
  • Restless sleep
  • Exhaustion and daytime drowsiness
  • Headaches
  • Dramatic libido changes
  • Food cravings
  • Tender breasts
  • Weight gain
  • Bloating
  • Menstrual period like cramps

PMS symptoms can vary from one day to the next, but it’s not uncommon to have multiple symptoms at once.

When does the doctor diagnose PMS?

Your OB/GYN at New England Women's Healthcare will diagnose PMS if your symptoms meet certain parameters, including;

  • Symptoms occur in the five days prior to your period
  • Symptoms end within four days of your period beginning
  • Symptoms occur for a minimum of three consecutive menstrual cycles
  • Symptoms are intrusive and prevent you from some normal routines

Your New England Women's Healthcare OB/GYN may ask you to keep a symptom diary for a few months, as this will help verify that you're dealing with PMS rather than another problem.

How are PMS and premenstrual dysphoric disorder different?

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is PMS in its most severe form. If you suffer from premenstrual dysphoric disorder, your PMS symptoms include extreme mood swings that can cause serious problems in your work, social, and familial relationships.

With premenstrual dysphoric disorder, you have at least one of the following pronounced problems in addition to your other PMS symptoms:

  • Depression or feeling hopeless
  • Severe anxiety
  • Severe moodiness
  • Extreme irritability or angry outbursts

Some premenstrual dysphoric disorder sufferers have suicidal ideation, and around 15% of sufferers attempt suicide at some point.

What should I do if I have PMS symptoms?

PMS and premenstrual dysphoric disorder symptoms are serious, and it’s important that you don’t ignore them. Talk to your doctor at New England Women’s Healthcare honestly about your symptoms so they can help.

There are many treatment options, including healthy lifestyle changes like taking calcium supplements, avoiding caffeine, and reducing sugar intake.

Your OB/GYN may prescribe diuretic medication if bloating is a problem for you, or antidepressants if you’re struggling with depression or other mood problems.

Use the online appointment maker, or call the New England Women’s Healthcare office to get PMS help today.