Talking to Your Doctor About Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
by Amy Scholten, MPH
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
About Treatment Options
If you decide to try counseling, interview counselors who treat people with PMS. Be sure that you feel comfortable with the counselor. Ask the following questions:
About Lifestyle Changes
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Practice bulletin: premenstrual syndrome. ACOG. No. 15. April 2000.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Family Doctor.org website. Available at: http://familydocto... . Updated August 2010. Accessed August 20, 2012.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) fact sheet. Women's Health.gov website. Available at: http://www.womensh... . Updated May 18, 2010. Accessed August 20, 2012.
Last reviewed September 2012 by Andrea Chisholm
Last Updated: 09/12/2012