Children's Health and Wellness

Take the PMS Quiz

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to a range of monthly symptoms that starts 1 to 2 weeks before a woman's menstrual period. Most women have at least some PMS symptoms. Learn more about PMS by taking this quiz.

1. Which group of women is more likely to have PMS?
A. Those in industrialized countriesB. Those in developing countriesC. Those in the Western hemisphereD. Women of all cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds
2. What portion of menstruating women reports at least one symptom of PMS?
A. 25%B. 50%C. 75%D. 85%
3. A more severe form of PMS is also known as:
A. Premenstrual dysphoric disorderB. Menstrual-related mood disorderC. Luteal disorderD. Baby blues
4. How many different symptoms have been tied to PMS?
A. 15B. 25C. 100D. 150
5. Symptoms of PMS can be confused with:
A. Painful menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea)B. Fibrocystic breast changesC. DepressionD. All of the above
6. Which of these hormones is thought to play a role in PMS?
A. SerotoninB. ProgesteroneC. EstrogenD. All of the above
7. What has to occur for the symptoms to be diagnosed as PMS?
A. You must have at least 5 symptoms linked to PMSB. The symptoms must occur only during the second phase of your menstrual cycleC. The symptoms must occur every day or nearly every dayD. You must have noted the symptoms for at least a year
8. What lifestyle change will ease PMS symptoms?
A. Regular exerciseB. Diet of complex carbohydrates, including fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grainsC. Dietary supplementsD. All of the above
Print Source: Created for Wellness Library/July 2002
Print Source: Epidemiology and pathogenesis of premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder, Up to Date
Print Source: Patient information: Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) (Beyond the Basics), Up to Date
Print Source: Patient information: Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) (The Basics), Up to Date
Online Source: Premenstrual syndrome, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologistshttp://www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq057.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20121211T0945318772
Online Source: Premenstrual Syndrome, National Women's Health Resource Centerhttp://www.healthywomen.org/condition/premenstrual-syndrome
Online Source: Premenstrual Syndrome Fact Sheet, Office on Women's Healthhttp://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/premenstrual-syndrome.html
Author: Benda, Andrea
Author: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Goode, Paula, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Sacks, Daniel, MD, FACOG
Date Last Reviewed: 5/22/2015