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PMS Specialist

Maetozo Total Women’s Care of Saint Augustine

OBGYN and Aesthetics located in St. Augustine, FL

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is an unwelcome part of every woman’s life, but it doesn’t have to control yours. If PMS keeps you from your daily routine, drags on, and leaves you feeling drained, talk to Sherri Maetozo, MD, at Maetozo Total Women’s Care of Saint Augustine to discuss your options. At her St. Augustine, Florida, office, she has helped countless women minimize the way PMS impacts their lives. To learn more, call Maetozo Total Women’s Care of Saint Augustine or schedule your appointment online.

PMS Q & A

What is PMS?

As its name suggest, premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, strikes before your period. It affects over 90 percent of women a week or two before their period.

The symptoms, both emotional and physical, vary, as does their severity. Some women can continue on with their daily lives through PMS, but others miss work or school because of the associated symptoms.

PMS most likely occurs because estrogen and progesterone levels drop off significantly after you ovulate if you aren’t pregnant. The sharp drop in those hormone levels impacts your body, most likely triggering PMS symptoms.

What are the symptoms of PMS?

There is no shortage of PMS symptoms. Some of them include:

  • Cramping
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Anxiousness
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Mood swings
  • Bloating
  • Acne
  • Breast tenderness
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Backache
  • Sleep issues
  • Decreased interest in sex
  • Trouble concentrating

What can I do about my PMS symptoms?

The good news about PMS is there is a wide range of treatment options available. Dr. Maetozo can work with you to develop a treatment protocol that’s right for your symptoms.

A few of the different options you can explore include:

Medication

Sometimes over-the-counter pain medication can be a gamechanger. The experts at Maetozo Total Women’s Care of Saint Augustine can help you find the right pain reliever for you. Additionally, they may offer hormonal birth control to balance your hormone levels, antidepressants to minimize the mental health challenges of PMS, or diuretics to minimize bloating.

Lifestyle changes

Changing what you eat, the amount of sleep you’re getting, or how frequently you’re exercising can have a dramatic impact on your PMS symptoms. Dr. Maetozo can work with you to develop a lifestyle plan that keeps you feeling your best through PMS.

Vitamins and supplements

Some vitamins and minerals, like calcium and B6, can make a big difference during PMS. Again, the dedicated team at Maetozo Total Women’s Care of Saint Augustine is ready to help you find what works best for your body.

Don’t let PMS run your life. To learn more and to start minimizing your symptoms, call Maetozo Total Women’s Care of Saint Augustine or schedule your appointment online.