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Table 6 Comparison of content analysis of most helpful premenstrual coping strategies with the subscales of the PMCM

From: Ways of coping with premenstrual change: development and validation of a premenstrual coping measure

PMCM subscale Coded response Number of responses
Avoiding harm   
  Avoid irritations 13
  Positive thinking 6
Awareness and acceptance   
  Self-aware/awareness of premenstrual change 10
  Acceptance 9
  Keep track of menstrual cycle 6
  Know it is only temporary 8
  Be prepared for period 4
Adjusting energy   
  Time alone/out/for self 36
  Eat sugar/chocolate 27
  Eat 15
  Crying 4
Self-care   
  Rest, relax, slow down 53
  Sleep 42
  Watch TV, movies, read 37
  Hot water bottle/heat pack 28
  Bath/Shower 20
  Do things I enjoy 10
  Music 9
  Massage 8
  Make comfortable 6
  Warm food and drink 5
Communicating   
  Social support/partner support 42
  Express how you feel/communicate with others 17
Non matching codes   
  Pain killers 44
  Exercise 28
  Eat healthy 9
  Distraction 7
  Vitamins 6
  Drink more water 5
  Cook 5
  Spend time with pets 5
  Clean 4
  Shopping 4
  Yoga 4
  1. Note. The table indicates the number of women who gave the response as one of the most helpful things they do when they are premenstrual. Items with 3 or less responses have not been included in the table.