Who is affected by PMS

About 85% of menstruating women have one or more premenstrual symptoms.1 When premenstrual physical and emotional symptoms interfere with your relationships or responsibilities, they are called premenstrual syndrome (PMS). When these emotional symptoms or aggression are severe, they are called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

  • About 40% of women are significantly affected by PMS at some time in their lives.
  • PMS occurs most often in women in their 20s and 30s.
  • PMS is not as common in teenagers.
  • In contrast to PMS, PMDD affects up to 8% of women.2


  1. Davis AJ, Johnson SR (2000, reaffirmed 2005). Premenstrual syndrome. ACOG Practice Bulletin No. 15, pp. 1–9. Washington, DC: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
  2. Grady-Weliky TA (2003). Premenstrual dysphoric disorder. New England Journal of Medicine, 348(5): 433–437.

Last Updated: June 19, 2008

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