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IJMDC. 2020; 4(9): 1307-1312

Prevalence of premenstrual syndrome and its impact on life among women in Princess Nourah Bint Abdul Rahman University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Hanadi Bakhsh, Amal Mohammed Alghamdi, Maya Abdullah Alyahya, Shaden Jamaan Alghamdi, Afrah Alonazi, Rawabi Algomaishy, Edward De Vol, Abdullah Almalki.


Background: The study aims to evaluate the prevalence, severity, and impact of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) on females in Saudi Arabia.
Methodology: A cross-sectional study was performed on 274 females using a validated PSST means Premenstrual Symptoms Screening Tool to estimate the prevalence of PMS, impacts of PMS symptoms on functional activities, and relevant sociodemographic data.
Results: The prevalence rate of PMS was 47.1% that influenced the emotional, psychobehavioral, and physical domain, with severe complaints among 10% of the students. More than 60% of the participants complained of any sort of functional impairment, but severe functional impairment ranged from 1.4% to 5.8% for academic achievement and home responsibilities, respectively.
Conclusion: PMS was moderately prevalent with increased sensitivity to rejection and generalized pain affecting one-fifth of the participants.

Key words: Female, exercise, premenstrual syndrome, sensitivity

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