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There are several ways to
keep a menstrual diary of your
PMS symptoms. Diaries that require daily recording are
more reliable in tracking your symptoms. Calendars without marks for a day may
mean you forgot to record for that day rather than a day when you didn't have
You can choose your
five most bothersome PMS symptoms and record their severity daily with a score
from 0 to 3 (0 being the absence of that symptom, 3 being most severe). See
You can keep a calendar
that lists a wide variety of symptoms. You record the severity of each symptom
daily on a scale of 1 to 3 (1 being mild and 3 being severe). If the symptom is
not present on any day, you don't record anything. See example below.
You can use symbols to indicate the
presence and severity of a list of symptoms or just the ones most bothersome to
you. If you don't have a symptom that day, you don't mark the diary for that
day. A mild symptom is indicated with a dot. Moderate symptoms are indicated by
a circle. Severe symptoms are indicated by an X. See example below.
June 8, 2012
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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