Premenstrual Weight Gain Or Bloating

What Causes Premenstrual Weight Gain Or Bloating?

Premenstrual weight gain or bloating can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'very serious' to 'generally fatal'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose premenstrual weight gain or bloating, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "premenstrual weight gain or bloating" as a symptom.  Here are four possibilities:
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Depression
  • Hypothyroidism
  • PMS H

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
attempting suicide
depression in family members
having hard stools
constant fatigue
hyperthyroidism in family members
frequent bizarre dreams
regular unexplained nausea
very painful urination
episode(s) of deep depression
being very skinny
stress-induced arthritis
late term miscarriage
... and more than 70 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of premenstrual weight gain or bloating:
Cause Probability Status
PMS H 94% Confirm
Ovarian Cancer 21% Unlikely
Hypothyroidism 1% Ruled out
Depression 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate being premenopausal or being perimenopausal, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you have weight gain greater than 3 pounds (1.5kg) and / or abdominal bloating associated with your cycle?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Weight gain
→ Abdominal bloating
→ Both
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no premenstrual bloating/weight gain, premenstrual weight gain, premenstrual abdominal bloating or premenstrual bloating/weight gain, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
... and also rule out issues such as:
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