For over 90% of women in the reproductive age, experiencing symptoms of emotional and physical discomfort a couple of weeks before the beginning of their period is a reality. For some, it can be mildly distressing; for others, it can be incapacitating. This condition is called Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), and its more severe form is called Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD).
What are the different symptoms of PMS/ PMDD?
PMS manifests itself in the form of mood swings, social withdrawal, insomnia, appetite changes, irritability, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, fatigue, lack of concentration, muscle or joint pain, acne, constipation, cramps, weight gain, etc.
This means that for women who experience PMDD, they spend about a quarter of a month unable to do things that they love, things that give them meaning. It is natural then, for women to know about how to relieve PMS or PMDD symptoms. One of the ways to alleviate symptoms of PMS is by taking hormonal birth control pills.
How do birth control pills for PMS help?
Some of the symptoms of PMS, such as mood swings are a result of the hormonal imbalance caused during the period cycle. Taking birth control pills releases hormones in steady doses, which helps regulate the hormones and make the symptoms less distressing.
However, it is essential to note that there is no concrete evidence on what causes PMS and the definitive relationship between PMS and birth control pills.
Birth control pills work differently with different women and it’s not guaranteed that they will help the same type of PMS symptoms in you as it does in someone else. It is recommended that you talk to your doctor and discuss how you can manage your PMS symptoms and the effects of taking birth control pills.