Jefferson University Hospitals

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a severe and chronic medical condition that requires treatment. Unlike its better known counterpart, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), the symptoms of PMDD disrupt daily living and for some women the symptoms are so severe that they are unable to function at home, work and in their relationships. The symptoms of PMDD appear during the week before your menses and disappear within a few days after the onset of menses.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to identify PMDD as a medical condition, so there are no specific medications identified to treat it. However, the experienced obstetricians and gynecologists at Jefferson understand and can help you manage these symptoms. We also have access to psychiatry and human behavior specialists, should you decide you need counseling.

The Marcus Institute of Integrative Health also has a Women's Health Program with specialized treatments for menopause, gynecologic health, osteoporosis and a range of other physical and emotional health issues. This Program offers advanced medical care with supportive, complementary therapies to maximize the health and well-being of every woman.