Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) (cont.)
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Most women first get PMS in their mid-20s, but it becomes more common in women in their 30s. Women in their late 30s and early 40s may have perimenopausal symptoms that are similar to PMS and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
After menopause, when hormones are low and no longer rise and fall each month, women don't have PMS.
What Increases Your Risk
A risk factor is anything that increases your chances of getting sick or having a problem. Risk factors for PMS include:
When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor if:
Who to see
Most family doctors can diagnose and treat PMS. So can most nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
If you have severe symptoms, you may need to see a gynecologist to help you make a treatment plan.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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