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Akshita Rana

JWB Intern

Gyn/OB Ritu Joshi Reveals How Your Mood Swings Could Be More Than Just A Harmless PMS

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  •  November 7, 2016


We all dread THAT time of the month.The time when white clothes haunt us. The time when instead of getting the ‘butterflies in the stomach’ feeling, we get the ‘bloody sharks biting me inside out’ feeling. You know what time I’m talking about.

While body ache and mood swings may not look like a threat and seem pretty normal during that time, there’s no reason why we should ignore it.

And this I learned when I came across the word PMDD. Having no idea about it I thought of doing some more digging.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a condition in which a woman has severe depression symptoms, irritability, and tension before menstruation. These symptoms of PMDD are more severe than those seen in Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and can be highly disabling if ignored.

Worried? It’s okay. I have got Dr. Ritu Joshi, a noted gynecologist and obstetrician of Jaipur to help us with it.

Me: What are the symptoms of PMDD?

Dr. Ritu: Symptoms of PMDD start showing almost a week before the monthly menstrual cycle and usually stops shortly after the periods begin. If you are facing bloating, depression, irritability, anxiety, stress, fatigue few days before getting your period or there’s pain in your chest or you have a sudden desire to eat food with high sugar content during there is a possibility of you having PMS or PMDD.

Me: What is the first thing we should do if we have any of these symptoms?

Dr. Ritu: The first thing we suggest is to avoid fried food and reduce your salt intake by avoiding namkeens, achaars and all. Also, continue doing your routine activities. Activities like yoga and pranayam also help a lot. Even after doing all this if you don’t feel better, consult a gynecologist for medical treatment.

Me: How can this be treated medically?

Dr. Ritu: Since, no specific cause of PMDD has been found yet; there are different treatments for different patients. We first diagnose all the symptoms and then through a systematic procedure do the treatment. Generally proper exercise and a check on food solves the problem. But if not, then antidepressants, pain relievers, and other medicines related to the symptoms are given. Regular checkups, especially for middle-aged women, are very important.

So, if you think you have any of the symptoms mentioned above or have any other query, feel free to contact Dr. Ritu Joshi at 0141 262 2638



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