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Premenstrual syndrome: the experience from a sample of Sri Lankan adolescents.

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SETTING: Government schools of Colombo. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Premenstrual symptomatology (PMS) was determined by a modified version of Premenstrual Symptom screening tool and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) diagnostic criteria were used in categorizing study units as having PMS. Other outcome measures were demographic and reproductive factors thought to be correlates of PMS, health seeking behavior for premenstrual symptoms, and how premenstrual symptoms impact their daily life. RESULTS: Individual premenstrual symptoms were experienced by 65.7% of the population. The most common somatic symptom was fatigue (29.9%) and affective symptom was feeling sad/hopeless (29.6%). Prevalence of PMS was 8.75% (95%CI: 6.43-11.07). Multivariate analysis revealed the presence of: chronic physical illness (P = 0.001); dysmenorrhea (P

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