Article Type

Original Study


Objectives The aim of the present study was to  examine the clinical physical, behavioral, and social effects of premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder among Egyptian women that affect their quality of life because of the impact symptoms these have on their activities of daily life. Background Premenstrual syndrome has been prevalent among women all over the world since the 19 th century, affecting their quality of life. Data sources Medline databases (Pubmed, Medscape) and all articles are available on the internet from 2000 to 2014. Conclusion Premenstrual syndrome is a common cyclic disorder of young and middle-aged women characterized by emotional and physical symptoms that consistently occur during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. Women with more severe affective symptoms are classified as having premenstrual dysphoric disorder. In women with moderate symptoms, treatment includes both medication and lifestyle modifications. Dietary supplements, such as calcium and evening primrose oil, may offer modest benefit.