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PMS: Ways to Record Your Symptoms

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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 any symptoms.

Most bothersome symptom scoring

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 example below.

Day of month Symptom 1 Symptom 2 Symptom 3 Symptom 4 Symptom 5
1 Score 2 Score 1 Score 3 Score 0 Score 2
2 1 0 3 0 2
3 1 1 3 0 2
Continue days          

Variety of symptoms scoring

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.

Day of month Symptom A Symptom B Symptom C Symptom D Continue symptoms
1 1 (mild) 1 1 2 (moderate)  
2 -- 1 1 2  
3 -- -- 2 3 (severe)  
Continue days          

Symbol scoring

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.

Day of month Symptom A Symptom B Symptom C Continue symptoms
1 · ° ×  
2 ·   ×  
3 · ° ×  
Continue days        

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last Revised June 8, 2012

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