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Bad PMS

Published: May 01, 2014
Dear TeenHealthFX,

I am 17 and have really bad PMS. Nobody knows and I want to keep it that way. I would be way too embarrassed to talk about it. Do you have any tips or advice?

 


Dear Bad PMS,

Many teens and women have PMS, which is a treatable medical condition. It is nothing you need to be embarrassed about especially when dealing with your doctor. 

We suggest you check out the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website for some excellent information about PMS.  They strongly recommend keeping a menstrual diary as there are other conditions that worsen during certain times of the menstrual cycle.  Other recommendations include aerobic exercise, eating a diet complex carbohydrate diet and supplements. 

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Morristown 973-971-6475 or the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Summit at 908-522-5757 for an appointment. Outside this area contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood

For information about PMS check out our answer to What Is PMS?

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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