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Table 6 Prevalence of premenstrual syndrome symptoms by the level of severity (n = 398)

From: Prevalence of premenstrual syndrome and its association with psychosocial and lifestyle variables: a cross-sectional study from Palestine

Symptom None Mild Moderate Severe Total
  N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%)
Psychological symptoms
Depressed mood 52 (13.1) 131 (32.9) 120 (30.1) 95 (23.9) 346 (87)
Hopelessness 86 (21.6) 139 (34.9) 117 (29.4) 56 (14.1) 312 (78.4)
Feeling guilty 183 (46) 97 (24.4) 72 (18.1) 46 (11.5) 215 (54)
Anxiety/ worry 64 (16.1) 113 (28.4) 121 (30.4) 100 (25.1) 334 (83.9)
Affective labiality 46 (11.6) 99 (24.9) 117 (29.4) 136 (34.2) 352 (88.5)
Increased sensitivity toward others 76 (19.1) 114 (28.6) 103 (25.9) 105 (26.4) 322 (80.9)
Feeling angry 187 (47) 74 (18.6) 84 (12.1) 53 (13.3) 211 (53)
Easily irritated/ agitated 69 (17.3) 104 (26.1) 118 (29.6) 107 (26.9) 329 (82.6)
Lack of interest 66 (16.6) 94 (23.6) 130 (32.7) 108 (27.1) 332 (83.4)
Difficulty in concentrating 63 (15.8) 132 (33.2) 114 (28.6) 89 (22.4) 335 (84.2)
Loss of control 84 (21.1) 108 (27.1) 111 (27.9) 95 (23.9) 314 (78.9)
Feeling overwhelmed 99 (24.9) 96 (24.1) 121 (30.4) 82 (20.6) 299 (75.1)
Physical symptoms
Lethargy/ fatigue/ decreased energy 45 (11.3) 98 (24.6) 119 (29.9) 136 (34.2) 353 (88.7)
Increased appetite 117 (29.4) 91 (22.9) 92 (23.1) 98 (24.6) 281 (70.6)
Craving certain foods 90 (22.6) 108 (27.1) 97 (24.4) 103 (25.9) 308 (77.4)
Hypersomnia 93 (23.4) 104 (26.1) 99 (24.9) 102 (25.6) 305 (76.6)
Insomnia 112 (28) 115 (28.9) 96 (24.1) 75 (19) 286 (72)
Breast tenderness 170 (42.7) 95 (23.9) 74 (18.6) 59 (14.8) 228 (57.3)
Breast engorgement or weight gain 167 (42) 80 (20.1) 91 (22.9) 60 (15.1) 231 (58.1)
Headache 97 (24.4) 115 (28.9) 102 (25.6) 84 (21.1) 301 (75.6)
Muscle, joint, abdominal, and back pain 53 (13.3) 83 (20.9) 110 (27.6) 152 (38.2) 345 (86.7)
Acne 88 (22.1) 102 (25.6) 101 (25.4) 107 (26.9) 310 (77.9)
Behavioral symptoms
Symptoms interfering with:
Relationships 167 (42) 107 (26.9) 73 (18.3) 51 (12.8) 231 (58)
Work or school 152 (38.2) 113 (28.4) 78 (19.6) 55 (13.8) 246 (61.8)
Daily routine 102 (25.6) 102 (25.6) 115 (29) 79 (19.8) 296 (74.4)
Cumulative psychological symptoms 1 (0.3%) 107 (26.9%) 209 (52.5%) 81 (20.4%) 397 (99.7%)
Cumulative physical symptoms 0 (0%) 116 (29.1%) 209 (52.5%) 73 (18.3%) 398 (100%)
Cumulative assessment of behavioral symptoms 59 (14.8%) 169 (42.5%) 116 (29.1%) 54 (13.6%) 339 (85.2%)
Cumulative overall PMS symptoms 0 (0%) 98 (24.6%) 232 (58.3%) 68 (17.1%) 398 (100%)