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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).
Make a table with 6 columns and with as many rows as days you'd like to record your symptoms. The first column is "Day of month" and the next five columns are for each of your most bothersome symptoms.
You can keep a calendar
that lists a wide variety of symptoms. Make a table with as many columns as symptoms you'd like to record, and with as many rows as days you'd like to record your symptoms. The first column is "Day of month."
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.
Make a table with as many columns as symptoms you'd like to record, and with as many rows as days you'd like to record your symptoms. The first column is "Day of month."
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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