Tired of dreading your period? You’re not alone. Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, affects over 90% of women.

Often when women present with classic symptoms of PMS–fatigue, headache, bloating, and mood swings–they are only offered one treatment option: birth control pills. Yet, there are other options to heal your PMS symptoms.

Is PMS just something I have to live with?

The short answer is no. PMS is a diagnosable disorder with several causes. You do not have to suffer through your period every month.

It is possible to find the root cause and heal your PMS symptoms.  There are many reasons women experience intense PMS, such as thyroid dysfunction, hormone-related imbalances, neurotransmitter imbalances (neurotransmitters are part of our mood regulating chemicals), or HPA Axis Dysregulation (or adrenal fatigue), just to name a few.

Are birth control pills the only way to treat PMS?

Contrary to the typical response from OB-GYNs, birth control pills are not the only way to treat PMS.  Lifestyle changes make a huge impact on how women experience their menstrual cycles and PMS symptoms. Some of the best treatment options are targeted supplements that impact hormone levels and mood, developing healthy sleep habits, learning how to manage stress, and addressing your nutritional needs.

According to ACOG, making the following dietary changes can help relieve PMS symptoms:

  • Reducing intake of processed foods high in fat, salt, and sugar
  • Avoiding caffeine and alcohol
  • Eating six small meals a day to keep blood sugar levels stable
  • Eating more wholegrains, like wholewheat bread, quinoa, and brown rice

What kind of doctor can actually treat my PMS symptoms?

An integrative or functional medicine doctor will approach the treatment of your PMS symptoms differently. They collaborate with you to create a treatment plan which is specific to your needs. Since there are many different root causes of  PMS symptoms, individualizing treatment is key.

Can holistic interventions really treat PMS symptoms?

Holistic interventions are aimed at treating the root cause of your symptoms so that you can find long-term relief. Making changes in your daily habits can sound overwhelming, and so can choosing supplements on your own.   With personalized support and expertise, you can feel better. It’s all about what works for you.

You do not have to keep suffering through each period. You can have a healthcare provider who truly listens to understand and solve, not just prescribe.

Ready to feel better? Book an appointment with a functional medicine provider today to get started.