Premenstrual Syndrome

For some women, menstrual periods are more than a mild inconvenience, with pain, discomfort and mood swings that can be disruptive and debilitating.

A YouGov poll of 1,000 women conducted in 2016 found that more than half (52 per cent) of women workers taking part said period pains have a negative impact on their ability to work.


Further Information

The National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome (NAPS) offers a quarterly newsletter and publications including Understanding PMS: Help and support for PMS sufferers and their families, and booklets: Premenstrual syndrome: A clinical review and Dietary guidelines for PMS, available via their website or helpline on 0844 8157311.

The NHS Choices Live Live Well webpages have advice on menstrual health, including information on painful periods and PMS.

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