Alternate Names : PMS
How is the condition diagnosed?
Diagnosis of PMS begins with a medical history and physical exam. ACOG has established the following criteria for a diagnosis of PMS:
absence of other disorders that may cause similar symptoms
impairment of some part of the woman's life
symptoms consistent with PMS that are restricted to the last 2 weeks of the menstrual cycle
ACOG recommends that a woman keep a diary of her symptoms for 2 to 3 consecutive months. She can then discuss the diary with the healthcare provider. The provider may order tests to rule out other conditions.