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    Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) - Exams and Tests

    No single test can diagnose PMS. A diagnosis of PMS or premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is usually based on a medical history and information from a two- or three-cycle menstrual diary(What is a PDF document?) where you record your symptoms, menstruation days, and ovulation days, if possible.

    Treatable thyroid problems sometimes cause symptoms like those of PMS. So you may have a thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) blood test to make sure that your thyroid gland is working properly.

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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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    It's important for your doctor to rule out other conditions that cause symptoms like those of PMS, so it may take more than one visit to diagnose your symptoms. Diagnosing PMS may be difficult if you have another condition that gets worse during the last 2 weeks of your menstrual cycle.

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    Last Updated: July 25, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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