Treatments for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) in Children

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PMS treatment at Children's

Besides counseling with her physician and engaging in healthy habits and stress management, possible treatments of PMS include:

  • diuretic use prior to the time symptoms are usually noted (to reduce fluid retention)
  • prostaglandin inhibitors (i.e., nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, or NSAIDs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen), to reduce pain
  • oral contraceptives (to prevent ovulation)
  • progesterone (hormone treatment)
  • tranquilizers
  • dietary changes
  • vitamin supplements (i.e., vitamin B6, calcium, and magnesium)
  • regular exercise
  • antidepressants (or other medications)

The Center for Young Women's Health provides extensive and easy to access information for girls with questions about PMS and menstrual cycles. The following guide may be helpful to her: Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).

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