Premenstrual Syndrome - Diagnosis
There is no laboratory test required to diagnose PMS. A proper record history of the symptoms and observation of their recurrence every month before periods as well as the relief after periods are all good indicators of PMS.
- PMS, due to a lot of disturbing emotional and behavioural changes, may affect a woman's relationship with people around her.
- Women who consume alcohol and smoke may indulge more during PMS. These intoxicants aggravate PMS symptoms and may also increase menstrual pain.
- If a woman has any other medical conditions, they tend to deteriorate further during PMS:
- Migraine: more than 50% women report an increase in the intensity and frequency of migraine during PMS, as compared to migraine episodes occurring during any other times of the month. It is experienced either before or at the start of menstrual periods.
- Asthma: asthma attacks often increase or worsen during PMS.
- Other disorders: many other chronic conditions, such as epilepsy, may worsen during PMS.