Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) Therapy with Hormone Replacement in Santa Monica, CA
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a severe extension of the symptoms that occur during premenstrual syndrome (PMS). The physical symptoms of PMDD, such as breast tenderness, fatigue, and bloating, are similar to PMS, but the emotional conditions can be debilitating. They can interfere with a woman's life at work, school, or home, keeping her from the doing the things she loves, or even interacting with friends and family.
Symptoms of PMDD
Some common symptoms of PMDD include:
- Extreme anxiety
- Severe mood swings
- Loss of interest in daily activities
- Difficulty concentrating
- Changes in appetite
- A change in sleep patterns
When trying to determine if you are suffering from PMDD, the first step is to keep track of your symptoms for two or more menstrual cycles. PMDD symptoms generally occur seven days before the menstruation period begins, and end a few days after it's started.
Causes of PMDD
One of the leading causes of PMDD is hormonal fluctuations, a form of hormone imbalance. During menstruation, your levels of estrogen , progesterone and testosterone fluctuate. Having levels too high or low of any of these hormones can exacerbate the symptoms of PMDD.
PMDD may also be related to decreased levels of serotonin, which is a chemical that sends nerve impulses throughout the brain. These nerve impulses are responsible for our emotional responses to the world around us including our moods and overall demeanor.
A family history of depression or postpartum depression can put you at risk for developing PMDD.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) Therapy
An effective way to counter hormonal fluctuations is with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy , or BHRT. Unlike conventional HRT, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy uses estrogen, progesterone and testosterone that are chemically the same as the hormones produced in your body.
BHRT can be delivered with:
- Pills / Tablets
- Creams / Gels
- Injected pellets
It's important to note that a provider typically won't utilize all of these hormone delivery methods. The best one for a given situation depends on the needs of the patient and the preference of provider.
Some of the other treatments for PMDD include:
- Birth control
- Lifestyle changes
- Over-the-counter and prescription medications
PMDD and depression are serious conditions that should never be ignored. BHRT can provide help and relief for premenstrual dysphoric disorder. For more information about PMDD and BHRT, please call (424) 365-1800 or contact Vitality Integrative Medicine online.
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