Unified Premier Women's Care

OB-GYNs located in Marietta, GA

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is similar to PMS, but its symptoms are more severe. If you’re suffering from PMDD, you might experience extreme irritability and mood swings for as much as a couple of weeks prior to your period. The team at Unified Premier Women's Care in Marietta, Georgia uses a variety of treatment options to get you the relief you need from PMDD. Call the office now to get help.


What is PMDD?

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a more serious type of PMS and can be debilitating, both physically and mentally. It’s a chronic condition, and it's important that you get treatment for symptom relief. The best way to determine whether you're dealing with PMDD is to talk to your doctor at Unified Premier Women's Care about your symptoms.

Because PMS and PMDD symptoms are so similar, many women are confused about which condition they're suffering from. One simple way to understand the difference between PMS and PMDD is to consider whether it interferes with your daily life. If you're unable to live normally during the time prior to your period because of your symptoms, it's more likely to be PMDD than PMS.

What are the symptoms of PMDD?

The symptoms of PMDD include:

  • Severe cramps
  • Chronic exhaustion
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Crying easily
  • Inability to focus
  • Racing heart
  • Forgetfulness, also known as brain fog
  • Bloating
  • Increased appetite
  • Weight gain
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Drop in libido
  • Fluid retention

You may also experience other symptoms. In fact, PMDD sufferers have five or more symptoms at one time. Emotional changes such as depression, anxiety, or irritability are always part of PMDD but aren't necessarily part of PMS.

What causes PMDD?

The cause of PMDD isn't definitively known, but hormone changes during your menstrual cycle may contribute to this condition. In particular, progesterone hormones appear to play a role in PMDD. You mainly release progesterone immediately prior to your period onset, and this is when PMDD symptoms are usually the worst.

How is PMDD diagnosed?

You'll work closely with your doctor by reporting your symptoms in detail. This may involve keeping a daily calendar that notes all symptoms. Your doctor combines the information from you, a physical exam, and hormone tests to make the diagnosis.

How is PMDD treated?

PMDD treatment depends on your specific symptoms. Options may include:

  • Antidepressants for emotional symptoms
  • Oral contraceptives for hormone regulation
  • Supplements like vitamin B6 and vitamin E
  • Lifestyle changes like improved diet, drinking more water, and increasing exercise

In severe cases, when other treatment has failed, bilateral oophorectomy (removal of both ovaries) is the last resort treatment. A bilateral oophorectomy surgical procedure is done at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia.

Suffering from PMDD symptoms? To put an end to this uncomfortable condition now, call the office today.