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PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)

It is estimated that more than 90% of women experience some level of Premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

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PMS Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of PMS include mood swings, headaches, bloating, cramps, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, joint pain, irritability and depression and can be experienced a week or two prior to a period.

For some women, the physical pain and emotional stress of PMS can severely affect their daily lives.

Changes to lifestyle can help relieve symptoms of PMS. There are also medications to manage it, depending on the severity of symptoms.

Antidepressants and Other Treatments for PMS

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can help reduce mood symptoms. These are often taken two weeks’ before menstruation begins.

Other commonly prescribed medications for PMS include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, diuretics and hormonal contraception.

Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

Taken before or at the onset of a period, NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium can ease cramping and breast discomfort.


When exercise and limiting salt intake aren’t enough to reduce the weight gain, swelling and bloating of PMS, taking water pills (diuretics) can help the body shed excess fluid through your kidneys.

Hormonal Contraceptives

These prescription medications stop ovulation, which may bring relief from PMS symptoms. For this and other treatments for PMS, or further information, please call us or book an appointment online.

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