PMDD: Understanding the Serious Impact Beyond PMS

Learn about PMDD, a condition beyond typical PMS, impacting women’s mental, emotional, and physical health. Discover the symptoms, importance of accurate diagnosis, and treatment options available at Spiced Pear Health.

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The Serious Impact of Hormone Sensitivity on Wellbeing

It’s not “just your hormones”. You don’t need to just grit your teeth, or pull yourself together.

Though our culture often dismisses and minimises the impact our hormones can have on our well-being, for many women with hormone sensitivity, it is no joke.

Understanding PMDD: More Than Just PMS

Women with PMDD can have as little as a week a month where they feel like themselves. For the rest of the time, they have symptoms that can damage quality of life, self-esteem, careers and relationships. They are seven times more likely than non-sufferers to attempt suicide.

Identifying Symptoms of PMDD

Symptoms of PMDD include:

  • Mood/emotional changes
  • Irritability, anger, or increased interpersonal conflict
  • Depressed mood, feelings of hopelessness, feeling worthless or guilty
  • Anxiety, tension, or feelings of being keyed up or on edge
  • Decreased interest in usual activities (e.g., work, school, friends, hobbies)
  • Difficulty concentrating, focusing, or thinking; brain fog
  • Tiredness or low-energy
  • Changes in appetite, food cravings, overeating, or binge eating
  • Hypersomnia (excessive sleepiness) or insomnia (trouble falling or staying asleep)
  • Feeling overwhelmed or out of control
  • Physical symptoms such as breast tenderness or swelling, joint or muscle pain, bloating or weight gain

Diagnosing PMDD: The Importance of Tracking Symptoms

If you have at least five of these (and one must be one of the first four), then it’s possible you have PMDD. Tracking your symptoms for at least two cycles can help you to clarify the diagnosis.

Seeking Treatment: Support for PMS, PMDD, and PME

We treat women of all ages with PMS, PMDD and PME. If you’d like to talk more about options for treatment, please get in touch.

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A note on our language

Throughout this website, we use the term women when describing people who experience hormonal symptoms. However, we acknowledge not only those who identify as women require access to menopause and hormone health information. For example, some trans men, non-binary people, intersex people or people with variations in sex characteristics may also experience menopausal symptoms and PMS/PME or PMDD, and we warmly welcome everyone who needs this support in our clinic.

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