a report by
Tracy M Nevatte, PhD, Julia L Magnay, CSci and Shaughn O’Brien, MD, FRCOG
Keele Menstrual Disorders Laboratory, Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine, University Hospital North Staffordshire/Keele University
Disorders of the menstrual cycle include heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB), pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and dysmenorrhea. There are numerous potential symptoms, making the diagnosis of these conditions difficult. Therefore, no single test exists for use in either the clinical or research setting, and feedback from the patient is sometimes the only information available. Quantification of a disorder helps to confirm or refute diagnosis, and thus the appropriate treatment regimen can be instigated. This article will present a brief overview of the current methods available for diagnosis or quantification of these menstrual disorders.