You’re Not Horrible! It’s Just Hormones

Crying over spilled coffee? Yelling in traffic? “Hormones that regulate menstrual cycles can also trigger emotional symptoms beyond physical symptoms like bloating and breast tenderness,” said Kathryn Klayum, DO, CHI Health Ob-Gyn.

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is when you have more than 1-2 mild symptoms. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is when you have 5 or more symptoms with most menstrual cycles during a year. The difference is often the intensity.

“If troubling symptoms affect your life or relationships, talk to your provider,” said Dr. Klayum. PMS and PMDD can improve with lifestyle changes. PMDD can also improve with medication therapy like oral contraceptives and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. 


Kathryn C. Klayum, DO

Obstetrics and Gynecology