Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual syndrome is the name for a set of physical and emotional symptoms that severely affect women in the days leading up to their menstrual period. While many women may experience some discomfort and irritability during this time, some deal with debilitating physical and emotional distress that prevents them from living their lives. At Pacific Women’s Center, we provide the care, treatment and education you need to start taking control and living the way you deserve.

Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is usually diagnosed when symptoms have been present for at least the last three menstrual periods. These symptoms will usually begin within one week prior to starting your period and end within approximately four days after menstruation begins. While the symptoms can vary widely, the following emotional and physical problems are the most common:

  • Physical:
    • Fatigue
    • Skin problems/acne flare-ups
    • Abdominal pain
    • Headaches
    • Swelling in the feet and hands
    • Changes in appetite
    • Breast tenderness
    • Weight gain and/or bloating
  • Emotional:
    • Depression
    • Confusion
    • Anxiety
    • Insomnia
    • Irritability
    • Outbursts of anger
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Overall emotional instability and/or severe mood swings

If you are persistently experiencing any of the above symptoms prior to menstruation, please contact us to make an appointment. It is important to visit your Pacific Women’s Center physician because symptoms of PMS can sometimes mimic more serious problems like depression, anxiety, thyroid disease, and potentially a severe form of PMS known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder or PMDD.

Based on severity of your symptoms, PMS can be treated a number of ways. Pacific Women’s Center can help diagnose and offer treatment plans to improve your quality of life. Give us a call at 541-342-8616 or contact us today to make an appointment.