Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) are common conditions that affect many women during the luteal phase of their menstrual cycle. PMS is characterised by a range of physical and emotional symptoms that occur in the days leading up to a woman’s period. PMDD is a more severe form of PMS that can impact a woman’s daily life and cause significant distress.
Common symptoms of PMS and PMDD include:
The exact cause of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is unknown, but a number of factors may contribute to the development of these conditions, including:
It is clear that these conditions are multifactorial and can result from a combination of genetic, hormonal, environmental, and lifestyle factors. Dr Proud is passionate about improving your quality of life. She can talk with you to determine the best approach for managing your individual symptoms and work towards having a more balanced cycle.