Have you heard of PMDD?

Perhaps not as this little-known condition fully called Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder or PMDD is undiagnosed in around 90% of women and those assigned female at birth.

Most people have heard of Premenstrual Syndrome or PMS and some of the symptoms of PMDD are similar, but PMDD is more exaggerated and often has more psychological symptoms than physical ones. Symptoms are severe enough to stop women living their normal lives, each and every month in the weeks leading up to their period - it's a particularly debilitating condition - women can feel weak, broken and like they are going crazy.

We wish to support women to be healthy and happy and the best versions of themselves - especially in the workplace - and that's why as part of our Female Focus and the PMDD awareness month this April, we wish to 'shine a light on PMDD' and put women's reproductive and menstrual health in the spotlight. 

So what is PMDD?

PREMENSTRUAL: the 1-2 weeks before menstruation
DYSPHORIC: a state of sadness, emotional discomfort or suffering
DISORDER: an abnormality of function

PMDD is thought to be caused by an abnormal reaction to the natural rise and fall of oestrogen and progesterone during the menstrual cycle. 

Who does it affect and how does it affect them?

1 in 20 women and individuals assigned female at birth of reproductive age have PMDD. Symptoms include cycles of depression, hopelessness, overwhelm, anxiety, and in severe cases suicidal thoughts. Yet these symptoms only occur in the 1-2 weeks leading up to the period, with symptoms easing with the onset of the flow. Women with PMDD alternate between a 'good' and 'bad' state every month.

PMDD can be particularly difficult to deal with as it can have a negative effect on your daily life, relationships with family and friends and with work. 

Have you had a 'light bulb moment'?

Does this sound like you? Does this sound like someone you know?

It could be PMDD!

To raise awareness and to support people to identify if they, their friends, family members or even work colleagues have PMDD we have created a 'PMDD Focus Flyer.'

The double sided information sheet is filled with information about PMDD, a list of symptoms and key facts about PMDD. The reverse gives a simple guide for people if they think they may be experiencing PMDD. 

Download our PMDD Awareness Flyer by clicking on the image below


Want to find out more about PMDD?

Useful websites: 

Simply click on the logo to take you to the website

IAMPD logo

The International Association for Premenstrual Disorders (IAPMD) 
was founded in 2013 as the National Association for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (NAPMDD) and has grown into a global resource for anyone impacted by premenstrual disorders. IAPMD offers free one-to-one support through their Peer Support Program. 

Viscous Cycle logo

Vicious Cycle is a patient-led project passionate about raising awareness of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and improving the standards of care for those living with the condition.

Me v PMDD Logo

Me v PMDD Symptom Tracker is an app designed specifically for tracking PMDD symptoms whether on the pathway to diagnosis,
navigating treatment options, or managing PMDD long-term.