When your monthly cycle brings difficult physical, emotional and psychological changes, you may suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Because Dr. Anthony Caruso and the team at A Bella Baby OBGYN understand that these conditions can affect your overall sense of well-being, they use a natural and holistic approach to help you find relief. For your own consultation, call or book an appointment online with his office in Woodridge, Illinois, today.


What are PMS and PMDD?

Premenstrual syndrome is a condition that refers to a wide range of symptoms that correlate with your monthly reproductive cycle. Typically, these symptoms are only present for 3-4 days previous to the start of your menstruation period.

Symptoms range from somewhat mild to severe and usually resolve once your period begins. They can be both emotional and physical in nature and may include:

  • Bloating
  • Cramping
  • Fatigue
  • Skin changes
  • Joint pain
  • Breast tenderness
  • Crying spells
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings

When your symptoms are more significant — if they involve depression or significant anxiety, extreme tension, or uncontrolled feelings of hopelessness — you may suffer from a more severe form of PMS, called premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

What causes PMS and PMDD?

The cause of PMS and PMDD is not entirely clear, but likely involves the extreme fluctuation of hormones that naturally occurs immediately before you begin your period. These fluctuations change in every stage of a woman’s life, so they may not be the same from month to month, depending on age.

Your response to these changes and the severity of your symptoms may be influenced by:

  • Age
  • Other health concerns
  • Perimenopause
  • Life circumstances
  • Emotional health
  • Coping mechanisms
  • Nutritional intake
  • Water intake
  • Alcohol use
  • Smoking

Dr. Caruso treats each of the women under his care holistically and considers these influences when planning your course of treatment.

How can I treat my PMS or PMDD?

As part of your comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Caruso takes a detailed health history and strives to understand the full range of your symptoms. He considers how your hormonal changes affect your physical, emotional, and psychological well-being.

As part of your treatment plan, he likely suggests a combination of techniques, including:

  • Natural hormone therapies
  • Medications
  • Avoidance of caffeine and alcohol
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Mental health support
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Smoking cessation
  • Exercise plan

Dr. Caruso understands that the symptoms of PMS or PMDD can significantly affect your life and your relationships. He and his team at A Bella Baby OBGYN are committed to helping you find relief throughout every stage of your life.

If you would like to discuss your PMS or PMDD, call or book your appointment online today.