Avg. ER Wait Time

Wait times are an average and provided for informational purposes only. What does this mean?

Treatments for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Many treatments have been tried for relieving the symptoms of PMS. No treatment has been found to be consistently effective for all symptoms, but treating one or two symptoms may alleviate the whole syndrome.

Primary treatment strategies involve lifestyle changes. Secondary treatment strategies are employed only if your PMS symptoms do not improve within two or three months after making lifestyle changes. Secondary treatments may involve dietary supplements, medications, psychotherapy, and alternative and complementary therapies.

Treatment is focused on reducing or eliminating physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms of PMS and may involve the following:

Lifestyle changesMedicationsAlternative and complementary therapies

There are currently no surgical options for the treatment of PMS.

Revision Information

  • American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://www.aafp.org/. Accessed March 1, 2006.

  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Practice bulletin: premenstrual syndrome. ACOG. No. 15. April 2000 (Reaffirmed 2010).