PMS

Trinity Women's Health

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Murrieta, CA

When uncomfortable symptoms such as moodiness, tender breasts, and headaches precede your menstrual period, you may have premenstrual syndrome (PMS). The all-female OB/GYN specialists at Trinity Women’s Health in Murrieta, California understand the discomfort of PMS and help you find ways to feel like yourself again. If you live in Murrieta or surrounding areas, come to the only local all-female OB/GYN center for PMS relief. You can phone the warm and friendly Trinity staff or book your appointment online with Dr. Joan Hazel Calinisan, Dr. Frances S. Kim, or Dr. Nerissa C. Safie today.

PMS Q & A

Trinity Women's Health

What is PMS?

Premenstrual syndrome is a condition in which you regularly experience uncomfortable physical and emotional symptoms before you get your monthly period.


If you have PMS, your symptoms appear about a week to a week and a half before menstruation begins. Symptoms usually resolve halfway through your period.

What are some PMS symptoms?

Physical symptoms of PMS may include:

  • Tender or sore breasts
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Pain in your joints or muscles
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Acne breakout
  • Fatigue

Emotional symptoms of PMS may include:

  • Irritability and moodiness
  • Anger
  • Crying spells
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Insomnia
  • Food cravings
  • Memory or attention problems
  • Social withdrawal

When your symptoms are severe, they can interfere with your quality of life and your ability to handle daily responsibilities. Severe PMS is classified as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Why do I have PMS?

The symptoms of PMS are caused by hormonal fluctuations that occur during your period. Your PMS symptoms disappear when you become pregnant or go through menopause. You may have an increased risk for PMS or PMDD if you suffer from depression.

How can I manage my PMS?

If your symptoms are mild, over-the-counter pain medication may be sufficient to give you relief. You can try modifying your lifestyle by adding in more exercise, practicing meditation or another stress-relief technique, and transitioning to a healthier diet with more vegetables.

Cutting down on salt might help relieve bloating. You can also try decreasing your caffeine intake to see if that improves your sleep. Herbal remedies such as evening primrose oil and St. John's wort may help, too.

How does an OB/GYN specialist treat PMS?

If lifestyle changes don’t help, Dr. Calinisan, Dr. Kim, or Dr. Safie designs an individual PMS treatment plan based on your unique cluster of symptoms. Some therapies may include:

  • Hormonal contraceptives to control hormone fluctuations
  • Diuretics to relieve bloating
  • Antidepressants to stabilize your mood
  • Supplements of Vitamin E, calcium, or magnesium

Your Trinity OB/GYN specialist also determines if you have other underlying conditions that may be contributing to your PMS symptoms. For instance, she may test you to see if you have uterine fibroids or endometriosis.

Find relief from PMS and PMDD by contacting the all-female team at Trinity Women’s Health. Reach the friendly staff by phone or use the convenient online form to book a PMS consultation.