(PMS) is a set of physical and emotional symptoms that happen 1 to 2 weeks before a menstrual period. These problems ease with menstruation. Symptoms vary from woman to woman. They may get in the way of daily activities.
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Some women with PMS have a severe form called
premenstrual dysphoric disorder
It can cause severe problems with function.
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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) fact sheet. Office on Women's Health website. Available at: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/premenstrual-syndrome.html. Updated March 16, 2018. Accessed January 16, 2020.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/premenstrual-syndrome-pms.html. Updated July 25, 2018. Accessed January 16, 2020.
Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board
Elliot M. Levine, MD, FACOG
Last Updated: 1/22/2021