Making the Most of Your Appointment - Overview
Many people are more satisfied with their health care if they share the responsibility with their health professionals. Your health professional is an expert on medical care, but you are the expert on yourself. Often there is more than one option for diagnosing or treating a condition. By partnering with your health professional, you can help choose the option that best fits your values, beliefs,
A pelvic examination is a complete physical exam of a woman's pelvic organs by a health professional. A pelvic exam helps a health professional evaluate the size and position of the vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.
A luteinizing hormone test measures the amount of luteinizing hormone (LH) in a sample of blood or urine. LH is produced by the pituitary gland. In women, LH helps regulate the menstrual cycle and egg production (ovulation).
A progesterone test measures the amount of the hormone progesterone in a blood sample. Progesterone is a female hormone produced by the ovaries during release of a mature egg from an ovary (ovulation).
A follicle-stimulating hormone test measures the amount of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) in a blood sample.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) - Exams and Tests
No single test can diagnose premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) - Prevention
You cannot prevent premenstrual syndrome (PMS), but you can take measures to reduce your risk of having severe premenstrual symptoms.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) - Symptoms
Premenstrual symptoms are a natural part of the menstrual cycle, affecting over 85% of women at some time during their lives. If your body doesn't react strongly to its monthly hormonal changes, you probably have mild premenstrual symptoms or none at all.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) - Medications
Learn about medications used to treat premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) - Health Tools
Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. PMS: Should I try an SSRI medicine for my symptoms? ...