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    Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) - Treatment Overview

    There are ways to reduce your PMS symptoms and their impact on your life. But no single treatment works for all women. You may have to try several to find the right choices for you.

    The first step is to try some lifestyle changes, such as limiting caffeine and getting regular exercise. For more information, see Home Treatment.

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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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    If you still have moderate to severe symptoms after two or three cycles of home treatment measures, talk to your doctor about further treatment options. These may include taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants or low-estrogen birth control pills. For more information, see Medications.

    A variety of herbs and other complementary treatments may help reduce or relieve PMS. For more information, see Other Treatment.

    Surgery to remove the ovaries (oophorectomy) is a rarely used, controversial treatment for the severe form of PMS, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). For more information, see Surgery.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    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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