PMS Specialist

Comprehensive Women's Health

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Birmingham, MI & Oxford, MI

As a woman of childbearing age, you may suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in the week leading up to your period and during your period. Dr. Lana Powell at Comprehensive Women’s Health understands wanting relief from these symptoms. For more information about PMS, call today for your appointment to one of their two locations in Birmingham and Oxford, Michigan, or book your appointment online.


What is premenstrual syndrome?

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to the physical and emotional changes you experience in the time before and during your period. PMS is extremely common, and as many as 75% of women have experienced at least one symptom associated with the condition.

Symptoms of PMS usually recur in a regular pattern and can vary from mild to intense. Changes in your hormone levels, chemical changes in your brain, or depression affect the intensity of PMS. Dr. Powell offers treatment and lifestyle adjustments for help controlling the symptoms of PMS.

What are the symptoms of PMS?

Symptoms associated with PMS vary greatly from person-to-person. The most common symptoms of PMS include:

  • Mood swings
  • Depressed mood
  • Anxiety
  • Appetite changes
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Poor concentration
  • Bloating
  • Weight gain
  • Acne flare-ups
  • Fatigue
  • Breast tenderness

Women report several other symptoms to Dr. Powell as well. They can help you understand how your period affects your health emotionally and physically.

When should I see a doctor about my PMS symptoms?

You should discuss your symptoms with Dr. Powell during regular checkups and routine annual well-woman exams. If you notice the symptoms worsening and you feel overwhelmed, you can call the office for their expert opinion and treatment advice. PMS symptoms should not adversely affect your daily activities.

How is PMS controlled?

If you have mild PMS physical symptoms, Dr. Powell recommends diuretics for bloating and over-the-counter pain relievers for cramping or breast tenderness. Emotional symptoms, such as mood changes and depression, are often controlled by antidepressants or oral contraceptives. Both antidepressants and contraceptives stabilize hormone levels, creating less intense PMS symptoms.

You don’t have to just live with PMS and accept the uncomfortable symptoms every month as normal. Dr. Powell is available to help you get a handle on your PMS symptoms.

If you feel your PMS symptoms are out of control or would like more information about reducing them, call the experienced providers at Comprehensive Women’s Health, or book an appointment online today.