Symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
by Amy Scholten, MPH
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is characterized by physical and emotional symptoms that occur in a regular cycle beginning 1-2 weeks before the onset of menstrual flow and improve when menstrual bleeding starts. These symptoms can be extremely distressing and may include:
Although the symptoms of PMS may vary, the most common complaints are:
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a severe form of PMS. According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), five or more of the following symptoms must be present for a diagnosis of PMDD:
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Last reviewed September 2012 by Andrea Chisholm
Last Updated: 09/12/2012