Hormone Replacement Therapy for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) in Seattle, WA
A woman's regular menstrual cycle can bring about more than 150 symptoms, both physical and emotional. They generally show up during the time between her ovulation and menstrual bleeding in a space called the luteal phase. The luteal phase usually begins about 14 days from the first day of her last menstrual period. Premenstrual symptoms can arise at any point during this phase and continue through the second or third day of the menstrual period.
Premenstrual syndrome affects three out of four women, generally those who are in their late twenties to late forties. It is more likely to occur in women with at least one child and can grow more severe as she approaches menopause.
Causes of PMS
Doctors have yet to conclusively identify the exact cause of PMS, but evidence shows that it may be the result of hormone imbalances that occur during the menstrual cycle. Particularly, imbalanced levels of estrogen (oestrogen) and progesterone can cause severe PMS symptoms.
Both of these hormones are produced in the ovaries and play a role in menstruation and pregnancy.
Symptoms of PMS
Some of the physical symptoms of PMS include:
- Swollen or tender breasts
- Water retention and bloating
- Irregular bowel movements
- Discharge from the nipples when they are pressed
- Cravings for sweet or salty food
- Trouble sleeping
- Decreased libido
- or migraines
- Sore muscles and joints
- Lower back pain
Emotional symptoms include:
- Loss of focus
- Mood swings
PMS symptoms may be manageable, but when they begin to affect your quality of life, the best solution is to seek the help of a medical professional.
PMS Treatment with Hormone Therapy
In addition to mitigating the pain of PMS with medication and lifestyle changes, hormone replacement therapy, or HRT can provide relief. This is particularly true of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) which rejuvenates your system with progesterone and estrogen (oestrogen) that's natural, not synthetic.
PMS can be treated with hormone supplements delivered via injected pellets, patches, pills or topical creams. 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.
Premenstrual system can frustrate and annoy you. For more information about how hormones can help, please call (360) 763-0657 or contact Dr. Patricia Sylwester online.
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