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    Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) - Cause

    Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and the more severe form, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), are linked to normal changes in the endocrine system. The endocrine system makes hormones that control the menstrual cycle. The female endocrine system is very complex. Medical experts don't fully understand why normal hormone changes cause PMS in some women and not others.

    The one direct cause that is known to affect some women is genetic: Many women with PMS have a close family member with a history of PMS.

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    Herbal Remedies for PMS

    Herbal remedies for premenstrual syndrome (PMS) are among the vitamins and supplements women spend billions on each year. Of women who buy supplements, 4% do so to alleviate symptoms of PMS, according to one report. Some of the things they turn to include chaste tree extract (chasteberry), evening primrose oil, black cohosh, and St. John's wort to chase away the premenstrual blues. Do they work? Maybe. There isn't conclusive scientific research about their effectiveness in curbing PMS symptoms...

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    Last Updated: July 25, 2014
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