Premenstrual syndrome, also known as PMS, occurs during normal menstruation and results in unpleasant emotional and physical symptoms. The frequency and severity of these symptoms vary from woman to woman. To diagnose PMS, the following criteria must be met:
The premenstrual syndrome occurs more commonly in women:
PMS symptoms typically get worse in a woman’s late 30s and 40s, during the early transition years of menopause (i.e., perimenopause).
The most common physical symptoms of PMS include:
Other symptoms of PMS include:
The exact cause of PMS is not clearly understood. PMS is thought to be due to hormonal changes that occur during the menstrual cycle, particularly the fluctuation of estrogen and/or progesterone. Premenstrual syndrome is estimated to affect up to 75% of women during their childbearing years.
Lack of certain vitamins and minerals (such as vitamin B6, calcium, or magnesium) can increase the likelihood of developing PMS. High stress, lack of exercise and excess caffeine consumption can also worsen symptoms of PMS.
Women with premenstrual syndrome do not have to accept living with unpleasant symptoms. Bioidentical hormone therapy for PMS symptoms is a safe and effective way to eliminate PMS symptoms and improve quality of life.
At Genemedics Health Institute, we regularly work with women to reduce the symptoms and severity of PMS. We use bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to optimize hormone levels and blunt the wild swings that contribute to your PMS. Our bioidentical hormone programs are based on extensive lab work and testing so we can deliver precisely the right doses of hormones. We will also design a personalized nutrition, supplement, and exercise plan to improve your overall health, reduce stress and reduce your chances of developing diseases, in addition to relieving your PMS symptoms.
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