How Can You Know It’s Not Just a Bad Period?


Most women can tell a story or two about having miserable PMS. Times where it sent them home from work or woke them up every few hours for nights every month. Miserable cramps. It’s common for a woman’s monthly cycle, including pre-menstruation, to cause some discomfort. And having problems that are “worse than normal” is subjective and hard to know. What are some signs your pre-menstrual pain is something to need to see your OB/GYN for?

What is PMDD?

Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder, PMDD, is a severe form of PMS (Pre-Menstrual Syndrome). Most of us are familiar with PMS. It’s that achy, bloated condition that can make you irritable for a few days before your menstrual flow begins. It’s uncomfortable, and no one likes it, but it’s generally something we accept as a natural part of our reproductive cycle. However, PMDD causes symptoms like cramps and irritability to a much greater degree.

PMDD is NOT Just Bad Cramps

PMDD is much more than bad cramps. Every symptom can be intensified, cascading with one another repeatedly until things are completely out of control.

Some of the other symptoms of PMDD can include:

  • Acne
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Food cravings or binge eating
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Low Energy
  • Muscle pain and spasms
  • Nausea
  • Panic Attacks
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Vomiting
  • Weight Gain

Women struggling with PMDD can have any or all of these symptoms and many more, simultaneously, causing them to feel so disoriented and overwhelmed they can’t even get out of bed. Although doctors still don’t know what causes PMDD, other than it’s connected to hormones, there is help.

Can You Get Treatment for PMDD?

At Marietta OB/GYN in Marietta, GA, our staff works with women suffering from PMDD. We understand this is more than a bad period and we’re here to help. We can combine prescription medication with lifestyle changes and dietary needs to help ease this disorder’s misery. Call us today for an appointment to treat your PMDD. You deserve to feel better, and we’re here to help. In Marietta, please call (770) 422-8505, or in West Cobb, call (770) 422-7574 during office hours.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Carlos Alarcon, Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A.