Menopause (permanent cessation of menses) occurring before age 40. Premature menopause may be induced by medical or surgical procedures or may due to ovarian failure.
- Premature ventricular contraction
Contraction of the lower chambers of the heart, the ventricles, that occurs earlier than usual because of abnormal electrical activity of the ventricles. Abbreviated PVC. The premature contraction is followed by a pause as the heart’s electrical system resets itself; the contraction following the pause is usually more forceful than normal. These more forceful contractions […]
Historically, the definition of prematurity was 2500 grams (about 5 1/2 pounds) or less at birth. The current World Health Organization definition of prematurity is a baby born before 37 completed weeks of gestation, counting from the first day of the last menstrual period (LMP).
Just before the start of menstruation. As in a premenstrual headache.
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
An unusually severe form of premenstrual syndrome characterized by drastic mood swings, anger, depression, irritability, tension, sleep and appetite changes, fatigue, and physical problems such as pain or bloating. Abbreviated PMDD. Symptoms generally begin the week before menstruation and end a few days after menstruation has begun. Treatment can involve the use of antidepressant medications […]
- Premenstrual syndrome
A combination of physical and mood disturbances that occur in the last half of a woman’s menstrual cycle after ovulation which normally end with the onset of the menstrual flow. Physical features of the premenstrual syndrome (PMS) include breast tenderness and bloating. Psychological changes include anger and depression. Monthly chemical changes may be responsible for […]