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Tips for Managing Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome, commonly abbreviated to PMS, affects 75%-90% of women of childbearing age. PMS typically strikes women before their menstruation, or period. Doctors believe that things like fluctuating hormone levels and neurotransmitters contribute to PMS symptoms. While you may not be able to avoid PMS completely, there are several things you can do to alleviate your symptoms.

One way that doctors help women manage premenstrual syndrome is by prescribing oral contraception. However, some oral contraceptives have been linked to devastating side effects such as blood clots and heart attacks. If you or someone you know has been injured due to taking YAZ, Yasmin, or Ocella, please contact a knowledgeable YAZ lawsuit attorney from Williams Hart today at 800-761-3187.

Treatment Options for PMS

For many women, PMS symptoms can be controlled with at-home remedies or over-the-counter medication. However, some women experience symptoms that require doctor intervention, and others suffer the extreme version of PMS called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). If you have PMS, you can try to manage your symptoms with techniques including:

  • Eating small, frequent meals to ease bloating
  • Opting for food high in calcium but low in sodium
  • Exercising at least 30 minutes per day
  • Using stress-relief practices such as yoga or meditation
  • Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen

In some cases, doctors may choose to provide diuretics or antidepressants to help ease your suffering. More extreme cases, such as PMDD, may require special injections to avoid ovulation.

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Unfortunately, some PMS treatments, such as oral contraceptives, can actually cause serious and even deadly side effects. If you have taken YAZ, Yasmin, or Ocella and experienced complications, you can fight back against the pharmaceutical company responsible for your pain and suffering. To learn more, contact an experienced YAZ side effects lawyer from Williams Hart at 800-761-3187 today.

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