Forty years of this? I couldn't imagine making it through even one more year of my premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, so I turned to acupuncture.

More than 90 percent of "reproductive-age U.S. women" experience PMS, according to a 2006 study by researchers at the University of Southern California, though anyone who gets a period regardless of gender can experience PMS. By definition, it interferes with functioning in daily life.

I've tried antidepressants, supplements, energy healing, therapy and just plain giving up and taking time off work and avoiding being around people for a few days every month. Nothing has helped my mood swings, irritability or anger that come and go every month that hurt my marriage, my parenting, my work and me. My primary doctor, my gynecologist and my psychiatrist said there's