Pms Treatment

PMS treatments differ according to different women’s needs. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs can help with mild pain and cramping, and some women find they feel better when taking antidepressant drugs. Natural remedies include using natural progesterone suppositories or creams and eating more soy products.

Antidepressants such as Prozac® are sometimes prescribed as PMS treatment and have been found to provide effective relief from symptoms. But detractors of Prozac say that it reduces sex drive and has other detrimental side effects.

Tranquilizers, such as Valium®, Ativan® and Xanax®, are proven PMS treatments for women who suffer from severe PMS. However, if a woman’s symptoms are due to an excess of estrogen, any treatment that only relieves symptoms will not address the underlying hormonal problems.

Treating Estrogen Dominance

Various types of hormone therapy are used for treatment of PMS and other women’s health problems. Some women have unusually high levels of estrogen compared to progesterone, a condition also known as estrogen dominance. In these cases, progesterone-based hormone therapy, including birth control pills, may be prescribed to help lessen PMS symptoms.

Birth control pills may also be prescribed to regulate menstrual flow, reduce excessive bleeding, and treat acne or other PMS symptoms. Ask your doctor if birth control pills are an appropriate hormone therapy for you.

Natural Progesterone

Natural progesterone is a hormone believed to help control symptoms associated with the menses. The makers of natural progesterone creams say they have many benefits as a PMS treatment. While clinical researchers question how much progesterone is actually absorbed through the skin in these creams, some women report that their symptoms are relieved when using these creams as directed.

Some doctors prescribe progesterone suppositories as PMS treatment.

Soy and Herbs Under Study

Eating more soy products, which are rich in phytoestrogens, may help balance estrogen levels and act as a natural hormone therapy. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is currently funding research on dietary soy as well as several herbs that have shown promise as in treating PMS, including black cohosh, red clover, hops, dong quai, and flax seed.

Greens and Vitamin B Foods

Some doctors believe that a diet high in minerals and complex carbohydrates (such as whole grains and leafy greens) can help the body to rid itself of excess estrogen.

Calcium, Magnesium, and Vitamin E

One controlled study reported relief from symptoms in women who took 1000 mg of calcium daily. At least six different studies have shown some PMS symptom relief in women who used a daily vitamin that was high in magnesium (at least 300 mg daily) and minerals. Two controlled studies validated the benefits of taking at least 300 I.U. of vitamin E daily.

Acupuncture

The National Institutes of Health has confirmed that acupuncture relieves physical pain resulting from many conditions. Current clinical studies are now under way to determine acupuncture’s effectiveness at treating fibromyalgia and other predominantly female disorders. Acupuncturists say that they may successfully treat a number of women’s health problems, including premenstrual syndrome and menstrual abnormalities such as irregular or heavy periods.

Consult your health care provider about your personal risks and benefits from any of these treatments.

Resources

Acupuncture.com Staff. (n.d.). A cure for PMS. Retrieved September 21, 2009, from the Acupuncture.com Web site: http://acupuncture.com/conditions/pmsconsu.htm.

Epigee Staff. (n.d.) Vitamins and supplements for menstrual relief. Retrieved September 21, 2009, from the Epigee Web site: http://www.epigee.org/vitamins.html.

Tabor, A. M.D. (n.d.) Soy may support better PMS health by balancing hormone levels. Retrieved September 21, 2009, from the Vegetarian Insights Web site: http://www.vegetarianinsights.com/Soy_and_PMS.html