Department of family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, Kirkuk University


Background: Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a common menstrual disorder precipitated by stress and tensions either at home or at work and particularly affect women during their reproductive live mostly in their reproductive live mostly in their twenties and thirties. Objective: To estimate the prevalence of PMS among Kirkuk University Students and its effect on their activities and learning process. Patients and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted during the period 10th/11/2010-10th/3/2011 among 224 Kirkuk University students; by using a special questionnaire form which includes information about: name of the college, age of the student, marital status and physical and psychological symptoms of PMS. Results: Majority of the students included in the study complained from more than one symptom of PMS; and PMS affect their activities. Conclusion: PMS symptoms affect the study and training of the students during their academic year. Recommendation: Advice the girls to take prophylactic drugs and avoid consumption of food and beverage that are high in sugar content or taking sweets which might aggravate menstrual symptoms