A survey is reported on dysmenorrhoea and premenstrual symptoms and their relationship to neuroticism as measured by the Maudsley Personality Inventory. The findings are based on a sample of the general population.
The prevalence of these symptoms is reported and shown to be high.
Dysmenorrhoea showed no correlation with neuroticism and was negatively correlated with age and parity. In contrast, psychological symptoms such as irritability, depression and tension were found to be at their worst predominantly in the premenstrual period, and to be very significantly correlated with neuroticism. Headaches and sensations of swelling round about the menstrual period were also associated with neuroticism.