PMS Specialist

Metro Health and Wellness LLC

Kirstie Cunningham, MD, FACOG

OB-GYN located in Atlanta, GA

Patients from the Atlanta, Georgia are who are looking for a Board Certified OB/GYN to treat their PMS symptoms can make an appointment to see Dr. Kirstie Cunningham at Metro Health and Wellness.

PMS Q&A

by Kirstie Cunningham, MD, FACOG

What are the Signs of PMS?

Pre-menstrual syndrome is a health condition that presents itself in the days before a woman's period is going to start. PMS is the result of the release of certain hormones that cause the uterus to shed its lining every month. When no embryo has attached to the uterus, the body takes the steps needed to eliminate the lining that was created over the previous month that would have acted as a host for the new embryo. PMS is characterized by irritability, mood swings, aggressive behavior, and in some cases, depression. Every woman is different when it comes to PMS. Many women have no PMS symptoms at all, while others run the gamut of both symptoms and range of intensity.

Do all Women Have PMS?

Not all women will experience full blown PMS symptoms. A woman who is in good general health and has normal hormone levels, may not experience any symptoms at all. Others, who have fluctuations in hormone levels may have mild to moderate symptoms. A few women have symptoms that are so severe, they require medical treatment to control the outward signs of the condition. Teenage girls and women whose hormones are still adjusting from having a child may have the most severe symptoms, A woman's PMS symptoms may also change as she ages. It is important to discuss PMS symptoms with a gynecologist to ensure the woman's hormone levels are where they should be.

How is PMS Treated?

PMS can be treated in a variety of ways. Hormone therapy in the form of oral birth control medications or other types of hormone-based contraceptives may be used to bring hormone levels back into balance. Other medications like anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications may also be used to help control mood swings and verbal outbursts. Hormone-based medications that can help to maintain proper hormone balance within the body may be able to reduce the severity of many different PMS symptoms. As a woman ages, her PMS symptoms may decrease and no medication will be needed.