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Talking to Your Doctor About Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Talk openly and often with your healthcare provider. It will help you make the best choices for your care.

Tips for Getting Information

Here are some tips that will help you talk to your doctor:

  • Bring someone with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask. They may also be able to provide more details to the doctor.
  • Write down your questions so you do not forget them.
  • Write down the answers you get. Make sure you grasp what you are hearing. Ask for help, if needed.
  • Do not be afraid to ask questions. Ask where you can learn more. You have a right to know.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

About PMS

  • Where can I get more information about PMS?
  • Do you know what could be making my symptoms worse?

About Treatment Options

  • What are the treatments for PMS?
  • Are there medicines that can help me? If so:
    • How long will they take to work?
    • What benefits can I expect?
    • What side effects can I expect?
  • Have you helped other people with PMS?
  • Do you know any counselors who could help me?
  • Are there any support groups in the area for people with PMS?

About Lifestyle Changes

  • What lifestyle changes can help me manage PMS? What can I do about my diet, exercise, and stress level?

About Outlook

  • What are my chances of easing my symptoms?
  • What should I do if my symptoms get worse?
  • Will I have PMS all my life?
REFERENCES:

Premenstrual syndrome. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:https://www.dynamed.com/condition/premenstrual-syndrome. Updated August 22, 2019. Accessed January 16, 2020.

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/premenstrual-syndrome-pms.html. Updated July 25, 2018. Accessed January 16, 2020.

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) fact sheet. Office on Women's Health website. Available at: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/premenstrual-syndrome.html. Updated March 16, 2018. Accessed January 16, 2020.

Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Beverly Siegal, MD, FACOG  Last Updated: 1/16/2020