Medical treatments and psychotherapy are used when the symptoms are more severe. These include:
- Cognitive behavioural therapy which can help with problems such as anxiety and depression
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for aches and pains
- Oral contraceptive pills to stop ovulation and stabilise hormone levels, which can help to combat mood swings
- Antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may be the most effective treatment for PMDD and severe PMS for the relief of fatigue, depressed moods and sleep problems.
- Gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogue therapy (GnRH-a) is used when all else fails. These synthetic hormones create a temporary menopause and stop your periods by blocking the production of oestrogen and progesterone. Significant side effects include osteoporosis (thinning of bone)
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