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Obstet Gynecol. 1985 Apr;65(4):500-5.

Evaluating premenstrual symptoms in medical practice.


Essential diagnostic criteria for evaluating premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms are marked change in intensity of symptoms measured on postmenstrual and premenstrual days and documentation of changes for at least two cycles. Four symptom evaluation methods in a PMS treatment program are compared and discussed: physician interview, menstrual symptom questionnaire, daily symptom ratings, and the Hopkins symptom checklist. Data from 241 patients who met the criteria for marked change in symptoms show that premenstrual symptom levels are severe, a subgroup has moderate symptoms continuing in the follicular phase, and that emotional symptoms are predominant. Diagnostic evaluation needs to distinguish menstrually related disorder from undiagnosed physical or psychiatric illness. Further research is needed to identify a classification system of multiple subtypes of menstrual disorders.

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