PMS Specialist

If you are suffering from painful PMS symptoms, Medical Arts OB/GYN has the ability to help you modify how you’re feeling. Women in San Mateo, California, and surrounding areas suffering from PMS can visit Medical Arts OB/GYN for relief.


What Causes PMS Symptoms?

Hormonal changes that are set off by PMS symptoms can range from mildly annoying to debilitating. The two primary hormones, estrogen, and progesterone will fluctuate during the 28-day menstrual cycle. If your estrogen and progesterone hormones get out of balance, then you can experience a number of different symptoms including emotional, behavioral, or physical:

  • Tension or anxiety
  • Depression
  • Crying
  • Social withdrawal
  • Poor concentration
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability or anger
  • Appetite changes and food cravings
  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Weight gain related to fluid retention
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Acne flare-ups
  • Constipation or diarrhea

Can Lifestyle Factors Contribute to PMS Symptoms?

Lifestyle factors, such as the foods you eat, nutrient levels, and stress factors can have an effect on your hormone levels and may lead to PMS symptoms that are more frequent and more severe. For instance, low blood sugar levels can cause emotional fluctuations that go up and down. Reducing the amount of sugar and carbohydrates in your diet can balance your blood sugar levels. Having a healthier diet will also provide essential nutrients that your body demands. Without getting enough calcium, magnesium, vitamin K, B vitamins (especially B6), and vitamin E, and other micronutrients the body will intensify your PMS symptoms.

What Other Treatments Are Available?

When lifestyle changes aren’t enough, your doctor may prescribe medications to ease the symptoms of PMS. Commonly prescribed medications for premenstrual syndrome include:

  • Antidepressants – to reduce mood symptoms
  • Diuretics - help your body shed excess fluid through your kidneys
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) - can ease cramping and breast discomfort
  • Hormonal contraceptives - prescription medications stop ovulation, which may bring relief from PMS symptoms

If you have questions, or just want to feel better, call or visit the office today. The qualified staff and physicians at Medical Arts OB/GYN are happy to help you.


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San Mateo, CA 94401
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