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    1. Low-Dose Birth Control Pill Treats Severe PMS

      Aug. 31, 2005 -- A low-dose oral contraceptive that is not yet on the market may be an effective alternative to antidepressants for the treatment of severe premenstrual syndrome. Researchers show that the unique birth control formulation worked better than placebo for treating women with premenstrua

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    2. Calcium, Vitamin D in Diet May Prevent PMS

      June 13, 2005 -- Now there's yet another reason for women to get plenty of calcium and vitamin D. The bone-building nutrients may prevent PMS. PMS -- premenstrual syndrome PMS -- premenstrual syndrome -- is a collection of symptoms that come between ovulation and a woman's menstrual period. Symptoms

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    3. PMS: Fact or Fiction

      Sept. 10, 2001 -- You feel cranky, icky, just plain yucky -- so of course, it's PMS, right? Many women swear they suffer as their period approaches. Yet a new study shows that for many women, that's a self-fulfilling prophecy. They expect to feel bad, so they do. "The more a woman believes in the ph

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    4. Winning the War on PMS

      June 25, 2001 -- For 10 years, Los Angeles resident Vicky O'Toole experienced severe cramping, bloating, and nausea related to her period. "Doctors kept telling me it was just PMS, but finally I learned I had endometriosis," a condition in which uterine tissue grows abnormally outside the uterus, sh

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    5. So, Just How Common Is the Severe Form of PMS?

      May 9, 2001 (New Orleans) -- It's been a matter of hot debate: Is the very severe type of PMS called premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD, a real disease or is it just a label some doctors use when talking about normal things that some women might experience? Two new studies using strict criteri

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    6. Severe Form of PMS May Have Roots in Stress

      May 4, 2001 -- For years, a small percentage of women with a severe form of PMS were told the monthly mood swings, irritability, and depression that coincides with their monthly menstrual period was all in their heads. "These women are so frustrated with dealing with the traditional medical communit

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    7. Chaste Tree Bears Fruit for PMS Relief

      Jan. 19, 2001 -- It probably wouldn't taste good on breakfast cereal, but a dried extract of the fruit of the chaste tree could help women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome find relief from symptoms such as irritability, mood swings, anger, headache, and breast fullness, according to German rese

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    8. Feel Like Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde Certain Times of the Month?

      Sept. 29, 2000 -- Virtually every woman knows when her period is coming. The bloating, the breast tenderness, the "munchies," and mood swings are known and typically endured because the symptoms are relatively mild for most women. For approximately 5% of women, though, this time is true agony. Fortu

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    9. Herb May Curb PMS

      Aug. 7, 2000 -- New research will come as good news for some of the women who lose several days each month to the depression, cramps, and fatigue that are the hallmarks of severe premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. Researchers have found that the herb St. John's wort may make the lives of PMS sufferers -

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    10. FDA Approves Prozac for Treating Severe Form of PMS

      July 6, 2000 (Washington) -- The world's leading antidepressant has a new use and a new name. The FDA on Thursday approved Sarafem for the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a severe form of premenstrual syndrome. Sarafem is the equivalent of Prozac, which now is used to treat depr

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