When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor if:
PMS symptoms regularly disrupt your life.
- You feel out of
control because of PMS symptoms.
- Home treatments don't help.
- Severe PMS symptoms (such as
anxiety, irritability, crying, or mood swings) don't
end a couple of days after your menstrual period starts.
Who to see
Most family doctors can
diagnose and treat PMS. So can most nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
If you have severe symptoms, you may need to see a
gynecologist to help you make a treatment plan.
If your symptoms are mainly
emotional or behavioral, a
psychologist can help you find ways to manage your
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.