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Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) (cont.)

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Diagnosis

The health care professional will talk with the patient about her symptoms and when they occur each month. Keep track of symptoms, particularly noting when they occur during the menstrual cycle. The health care practitioner may ask the patient to keep accurate records or diary of symptoms throughout the next month or two. These records give the patient and health care professional a better understanding of the symptoms and how they relate to the patient's menstrual cycle.

  • There are no lab tests that can confirm a diagnosis of PMS.
  • A health care professional may perform various blood tests to rule out other illnesses.
  • Imaging tests may also be ordered to rule out other causes of the symptoms.
  • The health care professional may also ask the patient to see a mental health professional to rule out a mental health disorder or to confirm the diagnosis of PMDD.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/10/2014

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