PMS Specialist

Loraine Diego, MD

Gynecologist located in Silverlake, Los Angeles, CA

Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, can be one of the most uncomfortable, dreaded times for women, particularly if you suffer from painful symptoms. If you’re dealing with cramps, mood swings, trouble sleeping, or other PMS issues, don’t hesitate to contact gynecologist Loraine Diego, MD. She has years of experience helping her patients in Silver Lake and the surrounding Los Angeles, California, communities minimize their PMS symptoms. To learn more, call her office to schedule an appointment or use the online booking tool.

PMS Q & A

What is PMS?

PMS is a syndrome that affects most women — as many as 90%, in fact — in the week or two leading up to their period. It can be accompanied by symptoms that range from annoying, such as bloating, to downright excruciating, such as severe dysmenorrhea (cramping). Some women experience such intense PMS symptoms that they miss work or school.

Doctors don’t know for sure what causes PMS, but they believe it’s linked to the way your hormone levels change dramatically right after ovulation.

What are the symptoms of PMS?

The most common symptoms of PMS include:  

  • Cramps
  • Headaches
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headache
  • Depression
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Acne flare-ups
  • Decreased libido
  • Food cravings
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Weight gain

In short, PMS is often very unwelcome. Fortunately, you don’t have to just bear it. Dr. Diego is experienced in helping her patients use both holistic and medical treatments to minimize PMS symptoms.

What can I do to make PMS better?

Dr. Diego offers her patients a variety of different ways to make PMS more comfortable.

At-home remedies

Eating better, getting more sleep, and regular exercise can all dramatically improve your PMS symptoms. Dr. Diego works with you to find the most effective remedies for your specific situation and your needs.

In addition to lifestyle changes, Dr. Diego analyzes other variables that may be affecting your PMS, such as your environment. Seemingly simple changes, such as swapping your water and air filters, can support your overall health and make PMS much more bearable.

Medication

Sometimes over-the-counter pain relievers can make a notable difference. Dr. Diego helps you find what works without developing a dependency on medication. She also helps patients explore birth control options that can reduce their monthly symptoms.

Supplements, vitamins, and minerals

Deficiencies in your body could be worsening your PMS symptoms. By taking a holistic approach, Dr. Diego balances your body and relieves PMS pain. For example, simply introducing vitamin B6 can make a world of difference for many patients experiencing emotional symptoms of PMS.

Don’t let PMS run your life. If you’re ready to explore your options and finally get some relief, call the office of Loraine Diego, MD, or book your appointment online.