PMS: Ways to Record Your Symptoms

PMS: Ways to Record Your Symptoms

Topic Overview

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 monthSymptom 1Symptom 2Symptom 3Symptom 4Symptom 5
1Score 2Score 1Score 3Score 0Score 2
210302
311302
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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 monthSymptom ASymptom BSymptom CSymptom DContinue symptoms
11 (mild)112 (moderate) 
2--112 
3----23 (severe) 
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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 monthSymptom ASymptom BSymptom CContinue symptoms
1·°× 
2· × 
3·°× 
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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last RevisedJune 8, 2012

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