Diagnosing Premenstrual Syndrome

Kimberly Raines


Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 2010;6(3):224-225. 

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Abstract and Introduction


Premenstrual symptoms are common among menstruating women, with approximately 75% reporting some discomfort with their cycles. However, an estimated 10% of women experience premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which is characterized by symptoms severe enough to interfere with daily life. While PMS can have a devastating impact on the quality of a woman's life and work, this complex disorder is poorly understood and can be challenging to diagnose. Nurse practitioners (NPs), regardless of practice specialty, are more likely than not to see patients suffering from PMS.


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