Archives of Women's Mental Health

, Volume 13, Issue 6, pp 535–537 | Cite as

Prevalence of premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder in Japanese high school students

  • Takashi Takeda
  • Shoko Koga
  • Nobuo Yaegashi
Short Communication


To determine the prevalence and the impact of premenstrual symptoms among Japanese adolescent girls, a total of 618 high school students were assessed. Of them, 64.6% were found to suffer from premenstrual symptoms, which is lower than that in adult women. On the other hand, the rates of prevalence of moderate to severe PMS and PMDD in girls were higher than those in adult women. Premenstrual symptoms could have significant consequences by interfering with the daily functioning of adolescent girls.


PMS PMDD Japanese girls High school students 



We thank Iwako Unno and Miho Hayasaka for their help with this study, and the women who participated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Asian Traditional MedicineTohoku University Graduate School of MedicineSendaiJapan
  2. 2.Gynecology Clinic KogaSendaiJapan
  3. 3.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyTohoku University Graduate School of MedicineSendaiJapan

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