Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is like premenstrual syndrome (PMS), but it’s less common and comes with more serious effects.
During your menstrual cycle, many women experience irritability or physical symptoms like cramps, bloating or sore breasts, that are attributed to PMS. If these symptoms become debilitating or affect your day-to-day life, then you may be suffering from PMDD.
What if I suspect I have PMDD?
You will want to contact your health-care provider to discuss your symptoms. It’s best to start by keeping a calendar log to see which symptoms you experience and when you experience them related to your period.
Treatment options for PMDD
If you are diagnosed with PMDD, which is considered a more severe form of PMS, your provider will talk to you about treatment options. This could include natural remedies, such as eating healthier, increasing physical activity or practicing stress management activities.
Depending on your symptoms, you may need medication, such as antidepressants, birth control or OTC pain relievers to help ease your symptoms.
Your Women’s Care provider is here to help manage your PMDD symptoms. There are treatment options available, so you don’t have to suffer month after month. Be sure to contact your Women’s Care provider.