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Can the birth control pill work on premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)?

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A small number of women have premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a severe form of PMS. The combination birth control pill drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol (Yaz) has been shown to help with PMDD. Another combination pill used to treat this is drospirenone, ethinyl estradiol, and levomefolate (Beyaz), which has folic acid.

From: PMS and the Pill WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Medscape. “Premenstrual Syndrome.”

American Academy of Family Physicians. ”Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).”

Office on Women’s Health. “Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) fact sheet.”

National Women’s Health Resource Center. “Birth Control Pills: Benefits.”

American Society for Reproductive Medicine. “Noncontraceptive Benefits of Birth Control Pills.”

National Women’s Health Resource Center. “Birth Control Pills: Overview.”

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. “Understanding Menstrual Suppression.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on November 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Medscape. “Premenstrual Syndrome.”

American Academy of Family Physicians. ”Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).”

Office on Women’s Health. “Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) fact sheet.”

National Women’s Health Resource Center. “Birth Control Pills: Benefits.”

American Society for Reproductive Medicine. “Noncontraceptive Benefits of Birth Control Pills.”

National Women’s Health Resource Center. “Birth Control Pills: Overview.”

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. “Understanding Menstrual Suppression.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on November 10, 2018

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