Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is well-treated using naturopathic medicine.

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a common experience for women of childbearing age. It is estimated that three of every four women experience some symptoms of PMS.

The precise cause of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)  symptoms is unknown, but possible factors include cyclic hormonal changes, fluctuations in brain chemicals (e.g., serotonin) and vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Seek professional healthcare if your premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms are affecting ability to carry out your daily activities.

Symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome

Possible symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) include:

Treatment of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) at Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine

At Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine, the goals of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) treatment are to reduce or eliminate premenstrual syndrome symptoms, and correct underlying hormonal and dietary causes to prevent symptom recurrence.

Conventional treatment for premenstrual syndrome (PMS) may include a variety of medications, including antidepressants, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), diuretics, oral contraceptives and medroxyprogesterone acetate. These treatments may have short- or long-term side effects.

For this reason, you may choose to try natural treatment to possibly avoid use of conventional medications, or together with conventional medications in order to decrease dosages of conventional medications required to manage your premenstrual syndrome symptoms (PMS).

Naturopathic treatment of any chronic health concern must be recognized as a process that involves:

  • Identifying specific treatment goals
  • Development by your naturopathic doctor, of a thorough understanding of all factors affecting your health, including physical, psychological, emotional and lifestyle factors
  • Development of a comprehensive treatment plan
  • Implementation and maintenance of that plan through periodic monitoring and adjustment

At Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine, a typical approach to treating premenstrual syndrome (PMS) may be to:

Where appropriate, a number of therapeutic options are available, to be used alone, or more often in a complementary fashion, including:

Treatments provided by naturopathic doctors and registered massage therapists are covered by most extended healthcare plans.

References

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) [Internet]. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research; [cited 2009 Feb 18]. Available from: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/premenstrual-syndrome/DS00134.

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