Do you feel your premenstrual Week 4 is far worse than what your friends and sisters go through? For instance, while others get blue, do you get downright depressed? Instead of just feeling snappish, do you feel like your anger is uncontrollable? Do these symptoms impact your job, school or family life? If so, you could have premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), which is an extreme form of PMS and affects up to 8% of menstruating women. The good news is you don’t have to simply put up with it. Tell your doctor you think you might have PMDD and she’ll be able to offer you a variety of options to help ease your symptoms so you’ll be happier and calmer during every premenstrual week. To learn more about PMDD, visit MayoClinic.com.
Is your bad P.M.S. really P.M.D.D.?
Gabrielle Lichterman, founder of Hormonology® and a longtime women’s health journalist, pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and know more about all the ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior. This movement was launched in 2005 with Gabrielle’s groundbreaking book, 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential, and her creation of Hormonology®. She offers a variety of tools–including her popular free Hormone Horoscope® app, eBooks, infographics, videos and tips–to share vital information about hormones.