About PMDD

An estimated 5-10% of women and AFAB individuals of reproductive age have PMDD.  This number does not account for missed or misdiagnosis nor women whose ovulatory cycle is suppressed by hormonal, chemical, or surgical means. Criteria for diagnosis is set by The American Psychological Association (APA) and The International Society for Premenstrual Disorders (ISPMD).

 

 

62.5M

women/AFAB of reproductive age (US)

x

8%

 occurance

=

5M

women/AFAB with PMDD (US)

 

PMDD & Suicide

Suicide represents one of the ten leading causes of death worldwide among reproductive age women. Studies also show that 30% of women/AFAB individuals with PMDD will attempt suicide in their lifetime while a larger percentage experience suicidal thoughts and self-harm. For every man that dies by suicide, four women will attempt it. 

 
 

5M

women/AFAB with PMDD (US)

x

30%

attempt suicide

=

750K

attempted suicides (US)

 

Clinical evidence shows a direct link between a female’s reproductive health and increased risk for medical and mental illness yet women's mental health and reproductive support services are severely lacking.  In response, IAPMD provides no-cost peer support, crisis intervention, awareness, and education opportunities. Learn more about who we are and what we do here

 
 

Reviewed: March 21, 2019

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