S5E10: PMS and PMDD with Dr. Hannah Short

Estimated to affect 80% of women, PMS (Premenstrual syndrome) can be recognised, amongst other symptoms, by erratic moods, clumsiness, tender breasts and carbohydrate cravings throughout the menstrual cycle. For most women, this won’t negatively affect their quality of life. 2-10% of women, however, experience severe PMS and PMDD (Premenstrual dysphoric disorder) of which 15% will attempt to take their own life. Female hormonal health specialist, Dr. Hannah Short explains the difference between PMS, PMDD and PME; as well as the treatments and lifestyle changes that can help.

You can stream the episode below, or download the recording via iTunes or Stitcher:

Inside the episode:

  • What is PMS?
  • What are the symptoms of PMS?
  • How many women are affected by PMS?
  • Why are women reluctant to talk about PMS?
  • How can we manage PMS?
  • Can supplements help PMS?
  • Can the contraceptive pill help PMS?
  • Should women take bleeding breaks while on the pill?
  • Are some pills more helpful for PMS than others?
  • What is PMDD?
  • What are the symptoms of PMDD?
  • Is PMDD genetic?
  • How to be diagnosed with PMDD?
  • What is the difference between PME and PMDD?
  • How is PMDD treated?
  • How does PMS and PMDD interact with menopause?
  • How quickly do PMDD treatments work?

PMS and PMDD resources mentioned: