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Premenstrual Syndrome

Alternate Names : PMS

Premenstrual Syndrome | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

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.

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    Author: Eva Martin, MD
    Reviewer: Barbara Mallari, RN, BSN, PHN
    Date Reviewed: 06/26/01

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