Menstrual Migraines – Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment…

Many women report an increase in the frequency of migraine headaches in occurrence with the perimenstrual period. Many patients that I have seen used to call any severe headache they had a ‘migraine headache’. However, migraine headaches have some unique qualities which distinguish them from other headaches such as tension headaches. What Are the Symptoms…

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Low Dose Estrogen Birth Control Pills and PMS?

For women who suffer from PMS or premenstrual syndrome, new research compares the efficacy of low-dose estrogen oral contraceptives vs. a similar contraceptive with higher doses of estrogen–specifically pertaining to PMS mood symptoms. Low Dose Estrogen Birth Control Pills and Premenstrual Syndrome: A recent study compared two oral contraceptives with the same quantity of progestin,…

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Bright Light Therapy for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder?

Is bright light therapy effective for treating the depression associated with premenstrual dysphoric disorder?  Premenstrual dysphoric disorder or PMDD is generally regarded as a more sever form of premenstrual syndrome. Light therapy consists of exposure to full-spectrum light for a prescribed amount of time.   A recent meta-analysis of bright light therapy published in the American…

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