Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a female menstrual disorder that occurs regularly around ovulation and subsides within a few days of the onset of menstruation. PMS affects up to 75% of women during their childbearing years.
Symptoms. Most women with PMS will have abdominal cramps, be anxious, irritable, sad, emotionally unstable and feel bloated and uncomfortable in the days leading up to their period. PMS symptoms commonly worsen in the years approaching menopause.
Diagnosis of PMS depends on 5 or more of the symptoms listed below with at least one symptom being one of the first 4: (more…)