Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a debilitating disorder that affects around 5% of women. Although many women experience changes in their emotional state a day or two before they begin to menstruate, women with PMDD experience such severe premenstrual symptoms that they cannot function. However, there are PMDD treatments available. At Scottsdale Center for Women’s Health, we can help. Schedule your consultation today to see which option is best for you.
Most 21-day combination oral contraceptives have not been found to be effective in treating PMDD. However, some have been proven to be effective for treating PMDD. Another option is suppressing or stopping the menstrual cycle through the use of contraceptives. A variety of oral pills have been developed that eliminate the 7 days of placebo pills, thus effectively eliminating menstrual periods. Alternatively, any other hormonal contraceptive method like rings, patches, and 21-day pills can simply be used continuously by skipping the week of placebo or removal, thus eliminating menstrual periods. Hormonal IUDs is another option that can be used to treat PMDD; most women who use hormonal IUDs stop menstruating completely.
For some women, lifestyle changes can help relieve their symptoms. Eating a higher protein diet has helped some women, apparently by increasing the levels of tryptophan in their bodies. Tryptophan is converted into serotonin in the brain. Getting more aerobic exercise and losing weight can also help some women, especially in conjunction with medication.
How do I know if I have PMDD?
Most women do experience some emotional changes a few days before menstruation. However, PMDD symptoms are very severe and disrupt a woman’s life. If a woman has five or more of the following symptoms on a predictable schedule tied to menstruation. it is likely PMDD is present if these symptoms are so severe that they interfere with life, work, and/or relationships:
- Mood swings
- Loss of interest in normal activities
- Difficulty concentrating
- Food cravings
If you think you, a friend, or a family member may be suffering from PMDD, call our office today for an evaluation. There is no need to suffer from this disorder when there are plenty of treatment options available. Our friendly staff is ready to answer any questions you may have about PMDD treatments and your options. Contact us today at the Scottsdale Center for Women’s Health to schedule your consultation.