An estimated 15% of Dutch women aged 15 to 45 suffer from premenstrual problems to a greater or lesser extent. Complaints vary from severe irritability and headaches to feelings of tension and depression. The usual treatments do not always provide the desired effect. Therefore the Louis Bolk Institute has initiated an international study – in the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden – to compare the efficacy of different treatment methods. This project runs from 2012 to 2015. Results will be published by the end of 2016.
Comparing two treatment groups
In the coming year Dutch women who signed up to participate in this study will be screened for PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) and PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder). If they meet the clinical criteria they will be assigned to one of two treatment groups. One group will receive only usual care for PMS or PMDD from a general practitioner; the other group will receive homeopathic treatment additional to the usual care they already have. The women will monitor their day-to-day symptoms and well-being, and regularly discuss these with their physician. The researchers will compare the results of the two treatment groups.