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Conventional Treatment of Premenstrual
    Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
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Conventional treatment of pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)

The conventional (western) medical approach to treating PMDD is through a combination of the following treatments:

Hormone therapy

These are used to regulate hormones by preventing ovulation and prevent or ease PMDD symptoms:

These drugs all have side effects, some of which are pretty severe and cause many women to stop taking them, simply because they cannot tolerate the side effects at all. These medications just treat the symptoms and not the actual cause of the PMDD, so they do not really provide a major benefit for PMDD long-term, which is the reason why many doctors these days are more inclined to suggest an alternative/complementary approach to treating PMDD and only suggest medication as a last resort.

The contraceptive pill for example, should not be taken by women who smoke, who have had any type of blood clots or who have had any type of eostrogen female cancers. The other medications also have their own set of side effects and the risks should be discussed with your doctor.



The following medications are prescribed, either on their own or in a combination advised by your doctor, depending on symptoms:


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  Last reviewed: 15 August 2008 || Last updated: 8 January 2010


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