Many women have some premenstrual symptoms that occur after ovulation and before their period begins. For most women, these symptoms are mild and may include cramping, moodiness and abdominal discomfort. A small percentage have more severe symptoms, which may indicate premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD. Our GYN specialists at FEM Women’s Wellness offer diagnosis and treatment for PMS and PMDD at our facility in the Lake Tahoe, Carson City and Reno, NV, area.
PMDD vs. PMS
Most people have heard of premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. This condition affects millions of women, mostly between ages 18 and 35, causing discomfort in the week before periods. Symptoms of PMS include mood changes, food cravings, diminished mental clarity, headaches, bloating, breast tenderness and cramping. PMS can range from mild symptoms to debilitating changes each month, which may indicate PMDD.
PMDD is less common than PMS, only affecting about 5% of women. It is not known what causes PMS or PMDD other than the hormonal changes that occur right before periods begin and why some women have worse symptoms. PMDD is a more serious condition that greatly impacts mental health. Symptoms include:
- Depression, even suicidal thoughts
- Extreme irritability or anger
- Binge eating
- Risky behavior
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Physical discomfort – PMS physical symptoms
PMDD involves the moodiness of PMS but amplified to a severe level. Women with PMDD may be susceptible to hurting themselves or others. PMDD treatment can include relief for physical symptoms, as well as mental health support.
Advanced PMS/PMDD Treatment
At FEM Women’s Wellness, we are uniquely qualified to provide comprehensive healthcare for women with PMS or PMDD. Our medical team includes compassionate and experienced gynecologists to explore medications and biological treatments for PMDD/PMS, as well as mental health experts. We believe in treatment of the whole woman, giving mental health and emotional support as well as effective medical treatments for PMDD or PMS.
Are you experiencing severe PMS or PMDD symptoms? Contact our team at FEM Women’s Wellness to schedule a personalized consultation to discuss treatment options at our facility in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area.