premenstrual syndrome

noun

: a varying group of symptoms manifested by some women prior to menstruation that may include emotional instability, irritability, insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, depression, headache, edema, and abdominal pain

called also PMS

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One interesting study shows that hemp seeds, which also contain gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), may actually reduce the severity of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms in women. Joey Skladany, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 June 2022 For example, erectile dysfunction, which affects approximately 40% of men at age 40 and nearly 70% of men at age 70, has been studied five times more than premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which affects 90% of all women, as highlighted by Rief. Marija Butkovic, Forbes, 19 May 2022 For women with menstrual cycles, cramps are just one of the many side effects of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) along with abdominal bloating, acne flare-ups, mood swings, and tenderness of breasts. Aley Arion, Essence, 25 Mar. 2022 Similarly, there has been five times the amount of research into erectile dysfunction, which affects around 19% of men, than there has been into premenstrual syndrome, which affects 90% of women. Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, 7 Sep. 2020 When food cravings are part of a PMS diagnosis, treatment for premenstrual syndrome in general may help minimize them. Sara Twogood, Quartz, 7 Aug. 2019 Here’s what the research has found. Craving and eating before a period Food cravings are just one of the many symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, also known as PMS. Sara Twogood, Quartz, 7 Aug. 2019 These hormones are influenced by fluctuating estrogen levels (helping to explain the cravings often experienced during pregnancy or premenstrual syndrome), as well as sleep deprivation and stress. Molly Kimball, nola.com, 25 June 2019 In a separate study, researchers say that about one in 10 cases of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) may be linked to drinking. Susan Scutti, CNN, 23 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of premenstrual syndrome was in 1944

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“Premenstrual syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/premenstrual%20syndrome. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

premenstrual syndrome

noun

: a varying group of symptoms experienced by some women prior to menstruation that may include irritability, insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, depression, headache, and abdominal pain

called also PMS

Medical Definition

premenstrual syndrome

noun

: a varying constellation of symptoms manifested by some women prior to menstruation that may include emotional instability, irritability, insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, depression, headache, edema, and abdominal pain

called also PMS

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