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Treatments for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Many treatments have been tried for relieving the symptoms of PMS. No treatment has been found to be consistently effective for all symptoms, but treating one or two symptoms may alleviate the whole syndrome.
Primary treatment strategies involve lifestyle changes. Secondary treatment strategies are employed only if your PMS symptoms do not improve within 2-3 months after making lifestyle changes. Secondary treatments may involve dietary supplements, medications, psychotherapy, and alternative and complementary therapies.
Treatment is focused on reducing or eliminating physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms of PMS and may involve the following:
Lifestyle changesMedicationsAlternative and complementary therapies
There are currently no surgical options for the treatment of PMS.

References

Premenstrual syndrome. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T113966/Premenstrual-syndrome. Updated June 9, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/premenstrual-syndrome-pms.html. Updated April 2014. Accessed August 18, 2016.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) fact sheet. Office on Women's Health website. Available at: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/premenstrual-syndrome.html. Updated December 23, 2014. Accessed August 18, 2016.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: James Cornell, MD
  • Update Date: 08/18/2016

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