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Premenstrual dysphoria disorder: It’s biology, not a behavior choice

By: Andrea Chisholm, MD, Contributor Almost all women have some mild premenstrual symptoms that signal the imminent arrival of their period every month. These symptoms are typically just an annoyance and donít cause any distress. But for some women, these symptoms are much more significant. About 20% of menstruating women suffer from premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. Women with PMS have mostly physical symptoms and some minor mood disturbances caused by the changing hormone levels…

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