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Your medical history is an important tool
for your doctor in determining whether you have
premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Your medical history
Based on the length and regularity of your
menstrual cycles, your doctor will try to determine whether you are
releasing an egg from the
ovaries each month (ovulation).
Your doctor may
also ask you about your mental health history, including:
PMS can cause emotional and behavioral symptoms similar to
those of depression or ADHD, so it's important to find out whether you have one
of these problems. Some of these problems can get worse during the premenstrual
phase. If you have PMS as well as another disorder, you may need treatment for
Your doctor will take
your medical history if you are having any symptoms of PMS. If your symptoms
affect your mood or behavior, a mental health history is important.
A diagnosis of PMS is indicated when:
No single test can diagnose PMS.
A diagnosis of PMS is usually based on your symptoms and medical history. Tests
to check for other medical conditions that might be causing symptoms should be
done only as needed.
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Current as of:
March 12, 2014
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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