Do Birth Control Pills Help With PMS Symptoms?

Birth control pills can help with some PMS symptoms by stabilizing hormonal swings associated with your menstrual cycle. Some birth control pills have been specialized in order to specifically treat severe PMS or stop periods altogether.

Do birth control pills help PMS in everyone?

Birth control pills have been shown to help PMS symptoms like breast tenderness, cramps, bloating and headache in many women. However, some women experience worse symptoms or develop new emotional symptoms while taking the pill. Because many women have reported improvement in PMS symptoms while taking birth control pills, you may want to talk to your doctor about trying them to see if they work for you. If they work, you can improve your overall quality of life. Just keep in mind that they dont work for everyone.

The affect of skipping periods on PMS symptoms

Birth control pills are now being created to allow women to skip their period. In normal birth control packs, women take three weeks of hormone pills and one week of sugar, or placebo, pills. Women then get their periods during the week of placebo pills. When women skip the placebo week, they also skip their periods. One birth control system, called Seasonale, causes women to get their period only four times per year. The pill Lybrel eliminates periods altogether. Continuous-use pills are as effective at preventing pregnancy as normal birth control pills. Women taking continuous-use pills also experienced improvement in PMS symptoms. After three months, cramps were reduced by 85 percent.

Using YAZ as a treatment for severe PMS

This birth control pill combines estrogen and drospirenone to help women with more severe symptoms of PMS or PMDD. Drospirenone is a specialized form of progestin that helps with PMS symptoms. It also acts as a diuretic, which decreases bloating. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is similar to normal PMS, but much more severe. PMDD affects your relationships and productivity, and keeps you from enjoying activities that you usually like. YAZ has been shown to reduce PMDD symptoms by 50 percent.

Different options

There are other hormonal birth control options in addition to the birth control pill. They work similarly to oral contraceptives in that they keep your ovaries from releasing an egg. These other forms of birth control are believed to have similar benefits to birth control pills, such as lighter, regular periods. They also help with PMS symptoms.

The patch, Ortho Evra, is a small, thin, flesh-colored piece of plastic that you place on your skin once a week for three weeks. On the fourth week you skip wearing the patch for your period, and then begin the cycle again the following week.

NuvaRing is a small, plastic ring that you insert into your vagina once each month. You leave it in for three weeks, wait one week, then begin again.

Depo-Provera is a shot of progestin that prevents pregnancy for twelve weeks.

Implanon is a small piece of plastic that is inserted into your arm that prevents pregnancy for three years. It also will stop your periods.


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