A severe form of premenstrual syndrome, PMDD can have a significant impact on a woman’s life.
A few days before menstruation begins, many women suffer from an unpleasant PMS. However, for some, these few days become a very difficult period that combines depression, anxiety and emotional ability that can have an impact on everyday life.
How do you diagnose PMS?
PMS is often confused with depression or bipolar disorder. In fact, for several days, sometimes up to 2 weeks before the arrival of menstruation, some women have symptoms comparable to major depression with intense sadness, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, irritability, sleep disorders, breast tenderness, headaches and weight gain.
The diagnosis, which is often difficult to make, requires consultation with a health professional such as an attending physician, gynecologist, or sometimes even a psychiatrist or endocrinologist.
What women are affected by PMS?
Studies differ on the percentage of women who may be affected by PMDD. Between 40 and 90 percent of women of childbearing age may be affected. In 10 percent of them, the symptoms can be particularly severe and disrupt all aspects of daily life.
What are the solutions?
Currently, there is no consensus on how to treat PMDD. Hormonal contraception can improve symptoms as well as a healthy lifestyle with regular physical activity and a diet reduced in salt, sugar, alcohol, and caffeine.
If you are concerned about a PMDD, do not hesitate to consult your doctor or gynecologist to discuss it and find solutions.