pre·​men·​stru·​al | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈmen(t)-strə-wəl How to pronounce premenstrual (audio) , -strəl \

Definition of premenstrual

: of, relating to, occurring in, or being the period just preceding menstruation premenstrual tension premenstrual symptoms

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from premenstrual

premenstrually adverb

Examples of premenstrual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This might mean tossing and turning, waking up feeling fatigued, or straight up not sleeping more than a couple hours during premenstrual days., "Can CBD help with PMS?," 5 Aug. 2019 After that, your rising estrogen and progesterone levels drop, which is when most women experience those awful premenstrual symptoms like cramping, irritability, and anxiety. Maggie O'neill,, "How Long is a Menstrual Cycle, Anyway?," 29 Aug. 2019 The symptoms vary greatly and it is now believed that as many as 150 different premenstrual symptoms exist., "Can CBD help with PMS?," 5 Aug. 2019 The vegetable’s diuretic effects come from the amino acid Asparagine, and has been used to treat swelling, rheumatism, and premenstrual water retention. Stephanie Feuer, Good Housekeeping, "9 Fruits And Vegetables That Are Natural Diuretics—No Pills Necessary," 5 Sep. 2017 During this week, the imbalance of estrogen and progesterone can affect your levels of serotonin and bring on strong premenstrual-syndrome symptoms. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "A Month in the Life of Your Hormones," 27 May 2010 While the mechanisms here aren’t completely clear and seem to be multifaceted, at the very least this decrease in hormones seems to contribute to the premenstrual mood changes some people experience before their periods. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "This Is Exactly What Happens During Your Menstrual Cycle," 23 Feb. 2018 Every month since the spring of 2014, without fail, a smothering fog settles over me, before the premenstrual bloating and the pimples set in. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "My Secondhand Lonely," 12 Dec. 2017 Women can experience changes to their menstrual cycles and increased premenstrual symptoms. Holly Blake, Smithsonian, "How Your Body Reacts to Stress," 9 Aug. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'premenstrual.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of premenstrual

1864, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about premenstrual

Time Traveler for premenstrual

Time Traveler

The first known use of premenstrual was in 1864

See more words from the same year

Statistics for premenstrual

Cite this Entry

“Premenstrual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for premenstrual


How to pronounce premenstrual (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of premenstrual

: happening just before a woman's menstrual period : before menstruation


pre·​men·​stru·​al | \ ˌprē-ˈmen(t)-strə(-wə)l How to pronounce premenstrual (audio) \

Medical Definition of premenstrual

: of, relating to, occurring in, or being in the period just preceding menstruation premenstrual women

Other Words from premenstrual

premenstrually \ -​ē How to pronounce premenstrually (audio) \ adverb

More from Merriam-Webster on premenstrual

Spanish Central: Translation of premenstrual

Nglish: Translation of premenstrual for Spanish Speakers

Comments on premenstrual

What made you want to look up premenstrual? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

July 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • papercraft sunset
  • Which is a synonym of mien?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!