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Table 2 Prevalence rates of premenstrual symptoms (N=200)

From: A potential relation between premenstrual symptoms and subjective perception of health and stress among college students: a cross-sectional study

   Severity
Factors Symptoms No experience Very mild Mild Moderate Severe Extremely severe
Pain *Muscle Stiffness 92 (46.0) 38 (19.0) 30 (15.0) 22 (11.0) 16 (8.0) 2 (1.0)
*5General aches and pains 53 (26.5) 31 (15.5) 41 (20.5) 43 (21.5) 25 (12.5) 7 (3.5)
Headache 112 (56.0) 39 (19.5) 24 (12.0) 16 (8.0) 7 (3.5) 2 (1.0)
*7Backache 65 (32.5) 40 (20.0) 35 (17.5) 37 (18.5) 16 (8.0) 7 (3.5)
*3Fatigue 37 (18.5) 47 (23.5) 46 (23.0) 43 (21.5) 24 (12.0) 3 (1.5)
Cramps 196 (98.0) 3 (1.5) 0 (0) 1 (0.5) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Concentration Insomnia 140 (70.0) 27 (13.5) 19 (9.5) 7 (3.5) 6 (3.0) 1 (0.5)
Forgetfulness 141 (70.5) 32 (16.0) 18 (9.0) 6 (3.0) 3 (1.5) 0 (0)
Confusion 139 (69.5) 24 (12.0) 23 (11.5) 8 (4.0) 6 (3.0) 0 (0)
Lowered judgment 105 (52.5) 37 (18.5) 31 (15.5) 17 (8.5) 9 (4.5) 1 (0.5)
*Difficulty concentrating 91 (45.5) 39 (19.5) 35 (17.5) 19 (9.5) 15 (7.5) 1 (0.5)
*Distractible 94 (47.0) 43 (21.5) 30 (15.0) 20 (10.0) 11 (5.5) 2 (1.0)
Accidents 178 (89.0) 12 (6.0) 6 (3.0) 2 (1.0) 1 (0.5) 1 (0.5)
Lowered motor coordination 138 (69.0) 31 (15.5) 16 (8.0) 9 (4.5) 5 (2.5) 1 (0.5)
Behavioral change *6Lowered school or work performance 53 (26.5) 56 (28.0) 41 (20.5) 32 (16.0) 15 (7.5) 3 (1.5)
*Take naps; stay in bed 95 (47.5) 30 (15.0) 28 (14.0) 23 (11.5) 19 (9.5) 5 (2.5)
*Stay at home 100 (50.0) 41 (20.5) 28 (14.0) 16 (8.0) 11 (5.5) 4 (2.0)
Avoid social activities 113 (56.5) 38 (19.0) 25 (12.5) 11 (5.5) 11 (5.5) 2 (1.0)
*Decreased efficiency 92 (46.0) 46 (23.0) 33 (16.5) 20 (10.0) 9 (4.5) 0 (0)
Autonomic reactions Dizziness, faintness 139 (69.5) 27 (13.5) 22 (11.0) 6 (3.0) 5 (2.5) 1 (0.5)
Cold sweats 159 (79.5) 20 (10.0) 11 (5.5) 6 (3.0) 3 (1.5) 1 (0.5)
Nausea, vomiting 146 (73.0) 24 (12.0) 20 (10.0) 4 (2.0) 3 (1.5) 3 (1.5)
Hot flashes 176 (88.0) 13 (6.5) 7 (3.5) 3 (1.5) 0 (0) 1 (0.5)
Water retention *9Weight gain 69 (34.5) 38 (19.0) 43 (21.5) 35 (17.5) 12 (6.0) 3 (1.5)
*1Skin disorders 26 (13.0) 34 (17.0) 50 (25.0) 41 (20.5) 38 (19.0) 11 (5.5)
*8Painful breasts 68 (34.0) 30 (15.0) 38 (19.0) 35 (17.5) 23 (11.5) 6 (3.0)
*10Swelling 77 (38.5) 41 (20.5) 45 (22.5) 17 (8.5) 14 (7.0) 6 (3.0)
Negative affect Crying 122 (61.0) 27 (13.5) 16 (8.0) 18 (9.0) 14 (7.0) 3 (1.5)
Loneliness 117 (58.5) 27 (13.5) 22 (11.0) 13 (6.5) 20 (10.0) 1 (0.5)
*Anxiety 90 (45.0) 38 (19.0) 26 (13.0) 22 (11.0) 22 (11.0) 2 (1.0)
*Restlessness 78 (39.0) 48 (24.0) 33 (16.5) 24 (12.0) 17 (8.5) 0 (0)
*2Irritability 34 (17.0) 34 (17.0) 52 (26.0) 39 (19.5) 33 (16.5) 8 (4.0)
*4Mood swings 45 (22.5) 34 (17.0) 49 (24.5) 32 (16.0) 30 (15.0) 10 (5.0)
*Depression 100 (50.0) 28 (14.0) 26 (13.0) 24 (12.0) 21 (10.5) 1 (0.5)
Tension 142 (71.0) 31 (15.5) 12 (6.0) 9 (4.5) 5 (2.5) 1 (0.5)
Arousal Affectionate 143 (71.5) 21 (10.5) 23 (11.5) 10 (5.0) 3 (1.5) 0 (0)
Orderliness 146 (73.0) 27 (13.5) 13 (6.5) 6 (3.0) 4 (2.0) 4 (2.0)
Excitement 147 (73.5) 28 (14.0) 15 (7.5) 5 (2.5) 5 (2.5) 0 (0)
Feeling of well-being 168 (84.0) 17 (8.5) 11 (5.5) 3 (1.5) 1 (0.5) 0 (0)
Bursts of energy, activity 167 (83.5) 17 (8.5) 8 (4.0) 6 (3.0) 2 (1.0) 0 (0)
Control Feeling of suffocation 168 (84.0) 17 (8.5) 9 (4.5) 3 (1.5) 3 (1.5) 0 (0)
Chest pains 155 (77.5) 25 (12.5) 12 (6.0) 6 (3.0) 2 (1.0) 0 (0)
Ringing in the ears 180 (90.0) 11 (5.5) 7 (3.5) 1 (0.5) 1 (0.5) 0 (0)
Heart pounding 172 (86.0) 13 (6.5) 9 (4.5) 6 (3.0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Numbness, tingling 190 (95.0) 5 (2.5) 1 (0.5) 2 (1.0) 2 (1.0) 0 (0)
Blind spots, fuzzy vision 166 (83.0) 17 (8.5) 12 (6.0) 3 (1.5) 1 (0.5) 1 (0.5)
  1. Values given as numbers (percentage)
  2. *Symptoms experienced by more than half of the participants
  3. *1-10Ten symptoms most frequently experienced by the participants