premenstrual

adjective
pre·​men·​stru·​al | \(ˌ)prē-ˈmen(t)-strə-wəl, -strəl\

Definition of premenstrual 

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

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premenstrually adverb

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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 Women can experience changes to their menstrual cycles and increased premenstrual symptoms. Holly Blake, Smithsonian, "How Your Body Reacts to Stress," 9 Aug. 2017 To investigate, researchers tested 151 women diagnosed with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PDD) — a condition marked by really awful PMS — for T. gondii infections and found that nearly 7 percent of the women tested positive. Elizabeth Narins, Seventeen, "Science Says Your Cat Could Be Causing Your Horrible PMS," 25 Jan. 2017 With a diagnosis of premenstrual dysphoric disorder – a severe form of PMS — Waldman enjoyed about five years of relative peace by taking an antidepressant precisely timed to certain days of her menstrual cycle. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Ayelet Waldman: How LSD micro-dosing saved my sanity and marriage," 10 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of premenstrual

1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of premenstrual was in 1864

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premenstrual

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of premenstrual

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

premenstrual

adjective
pre·​men·​stru·​al | \ˌprē-ˈmen(t)-strə(-wə)l \

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 \ adverb

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