Premenstrual Syndrome: Characterization, Therapies, and the Law

  • Gwyneth A. Sampson


Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a global term which implies changes in mood, behavior, and physical characteristics in relation to the menstrual cycle, usually with an increase in intensity of symptoms premenstrually and a diminution of intensity with the onset of menstrua tion. Within the medical profession, there are as many definitions as authors of scientific papers, but the essence of all definitions is periodicity, and the relationship between symptoms and the time of onset of menstruation. Complaints in relation to the paramenstruum have presumably been present since Eve and were well recorded by Soranus of Ephesus in 100 A.D. It is only in the last 50 years that these complaints have been accorded a “disease” status and have been proffered to the medical profession as a disease process requiring treatment. Having been presented with PMS, we must develop means of rating the symptoms and their effects, in order to assess the existence, nature, incidence, and epidemiology of PMS.


Negative Affect Menstrual Cycle Symptom Cluster Premenstrual Syndrome Menstrual Migraine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gwyneth A. Sampson
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  1. 1.Whiteley Wood ClinicSheffieldUK

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