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Managing premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Published: 01/03/2018

This information is for you if you have, or think you have, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and want to know more about it. It may also be helpful if you are a partner, relative or friend of someone who is affected by PMS.

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the name given to a collection of physical and emotional symptoms that can occur in the two weeks before you have your period. These symptoms usually get better once your period starts and often disappear by the end of your period.

This information leaflet provides general information about PMS, including:

  • What PMS is
  • Causes of PMS
  • Lifestyle changes that may help
  • Treatment options, including:
  • Psychological support and therapy
  • Complementary therapy
  • Medical treatment
  • Surgery

This patient information leaflet is based on the RCOG Green-top Guideline No.48 Management of Premenstrual Syndrome, which contains a full list of the sources of evidence we used.


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