Premenstrual Syndrome

RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Elmhurst, IL, Westchester, IL, Hinsdale, IL, Oak Park, IL & Addison, IL

Premenstrual syndrome can range from mild and bothersome to debilitating, but the good news is that quality treatments are available to reduce and manage your symptoms. At RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology, with convenient locations in Elmhurst, Addison, Westchester, Oak Park, and Hinsdale, Illinois, the gifted and friendly gynecologists provide a selection of effective solutions to give you much-needed relief. Call your nearest office or book through the online scheduler today.

Premenstrual Syndrome Q & A

What is premenstrual syndrome?

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to a combination of symptoms that many women experience about a week or two before menstruation. Many women have some symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, such as:

  • Mood swings
  • Tender breasts
  • Food cravings
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia and sleep difficulties
  • Change in libido
  • Poor concentration
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Generalized joint or muscle pain

The symptoms of premenstrual syndrome vary. In most cases, the symptoms subside within four days of the start of menstruation.

Some women experience debilitating symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. This is called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

When should I see a doctor about PMS?

If lifestyle changes and other methods you may have tried do not give relief from premenstrual syndrome, and if your symptoms are getting in the way of your daily life and functioning during this time, you should visit RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology for an evaluation and treatment.

The RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology team offers valuable solutions for premenstrual syndrome.

What causes premenstrual syndrome?

It isn’t clear exactly what causes premenstrual syndrome, but several factors might play a role, such as:

  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Chemical changes in the brain (typically involving neurotransmitters like serotonin)
  • Other underlying health conditions, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome or endometriosis

Your RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology physician can help you determine what could be causing or worsening your premenstrual syndrome and the best ways to treat and manage it.

How is premenstrual syndrome treated?

Certain conditions can mimic premenstrual syndrome, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, mood disorders, and thyroid disorders, so your RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology gynecologist might want to rule out these conditions with various testing and a comprehensive evaluation.

To diminish your symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, the RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology team might recommend healthy lifestyle changes, such as nutrition, stress management, and regular appropriate exercise. 

Your gynecologist might also suggest medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or hormonal contraceptives (birth control).

If your premenstrual syndrome is related to or exacerbated by an underlying condition, such as fibroids or polycystic ovarian syndrome, your gynecologist might suggest specific medications or a surgical procedure.

They might also recommend certain vitamin or nutrient supplements, getting plenty of restful sleep, and other helpful methods.

Don’t let premenstrual syndrome get you down when valuable solutions are available at RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology. Call or click to book through the online system.