Treatment for PMS in San Ramon, CA

Many women experience mild symptoms of discomfort in the days leading up to their menstrual periods, which is normal and expected. Premenstrual syndrome, however, causes more severe symptoms and can be disruptive to the lives of women who experience it. At FCPP San Ramon, our women’s health physicians provide treatment for PMS in San Ramon so that our patients can have lives that are less disrupted by the physical and emotional effects of PMS.

Certain conditions have the same signs and symptoms as PMS, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, thyroid disorders, and mood disorders. Because there is no definitive test to diagnose PMS, your physician will want to rule out any other conditions that could be causing your symptoms. It may be helpful to keep a record of the signs and symptoms you experience throughout the month during a few of your menstrual cycles, to establish whether there is a pattern that would more definitively confirm that you are experiencing PMS.

Some of the most common emotional symptoms of PMS include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depressed mood
  • Crying spells
  • Mood swings with irritability or anger
  • Appetite changes or food cravings
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Social withdrawal
  • Poor concentration
  • Changed libido

Some of the most common physical symptoms of PMS include:

  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain from fluid retention
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Acne flare-ups
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Alcohol intolerance

Women who have PMS generally experience these symptoms several days before their period begins, with the symptoms dissipating within four days after the start of their period. If you are experiencing symptoms of PMS that interfere with your daily life or that affect your quality of life, you don’t have to tough it out every month, there are treatments available that can help to reduce the affect that these symptoms have on you. There are lifestyle changes that you can make to help relieve the effects of PMS, but sometimes medical treatment is also helpful. This could include antidepressants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, diuretics, or hormonal contraceptives.

If lifestyle changes alone have not been enough to relieve your PMS, the understanding women’s health physicians at FCPP San Ramon can provide you with additional treatment. Call us today at (925) 587-4808 for PMS treatment in San Ramon, along with a wide range of other women’s health care services.