Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a collection of symptoms that appear every month around the time of a woman's period. This leaflet summarises what we currently know about PMS, how it can overlap with ME/CFS symptoms, and the various treatment options that are available.

This leaflet summarises what we currently know about PMS, how it can overlap with ME/CFS, and the various treatment options that are available. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) – also known as premenstrual tension and premenstrual disorder – is a collection of symptoms that appear every month around the time of a woman's period.

Some of these symptoms also occur in ME/CFS. so it’s not surprising to find that a significant proportion of women notice an exacerbation of their ME/CFS symptoms at this time. In fact, the NICE guideline on PMS notes that ME/CFS should be considered when making a diagnosis of PMS.

Topics discussed in this leaflet, include: What is PMS? What causes PMS? What are the symptoms? Symptom severity, Symptom overlap with ME/CFS, Diagnosis, Management, Drug treatment options, Alternative and complementary treatments, Self-help treatments.

Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

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