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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Yes, Virginia, There Is a Pheromone

    April 7, 2000 (Atlanta) -- Women who are nervous, tense, or suffering from PMS might want to try snuggling up to a man -- preferably one who is hairy and hasn't showered recently. A new study indicates that women who sniff a chemical found in male skin and body hair can reduce nervousness, tension,

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  9. PMS: It's Not All in Your Head

    April 7, 2000 (Minneapolis) -- Are you irritable? Bloated? Depressed? Angry? Do you suffer from headaches, loss of libido, or mood swings? It could be premenstrual syndrome, or PMS -- then again, it might not be. The key to treating PMS, experts say, lies in correctly diagnosing it. While research h

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  10. Severe PMS Linked with Chronic Hormone Disorder

    March 3, 2000 (Atlanta) -- Women with a severe form of premenstrual syndrome are more sensitive to pain and are more likely to have chronically lower levels of beta-endorphins, the body's natural painkilling hormones, according to a new study. Called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), it affect

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