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Many treatments have been tried for relieving the symptoms of PMS. No treatment has been found to be consistently effective for all symptoms, but treating one or two symptoms may alleviate the whole syndrome.

Primary treatment strategies involve lifestyle changes. Secondary treatment strategies are employed only if your PMS symptoms do not improve within 2-3 months after making lifestyle changes. Secondary treatments may involve dietary supplements, medications, psychotherapy, and alternative and complementary therapies.

Treatment is focused on reducing or eliminating physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms of PMS and may involve the following:

Lifestyle changes
Alternative and complementary therapies

There are currently no surgical options for the treatment of PMS.


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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) fact sheet. Office on Women's Health website. Available at: Updated December 23, 2014. Accessed August 18, 2016.

Last reviewed August 2016 by James Cornell, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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