Participant Information Sheet
Researcher: Dr. Katherine Lydon (
Chief investigators: Dr. Alan Rankin ( Dr. Sharon Madigan (


Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a range of mood, behavioural and physical symptoms that can impact daily functioning in the period before menstruation. Up to 95% of women of reproductive age suffer from physiological premenstrual symptoms, with 30-40% suffering from PMS and up to 10% seeking treatment due to symptom severity. Knowledge of the the burden of PMS in the athletic population is limited. This study aims to quantify the burden of PMS in female athletes. Participants will be asked to complete an online questionnaire, which incorporates many previously-validated tools used to assess the burden of PMS.

All data collected will be anonymised, remain strictly confidential and will only be accessible to members of the research team. The information will be used to guide future management of PMS in female athletes in addition to being used as part of a MSc project. It will not be possible to identify participants from the MSc project write-up or from any subsequent publications that may arise from the study. Participation is entirely voluntary and participants can withdraw at any time without providing a reason. Data will be destroyed following analysis.

This study is designed to promote scientific knowledge. The research team will use the data you provide only for the purposes set out above and will, at all times, comply with General Data Protection Regulations.

By completing this survey you consent to the information you provide being included in the study.

If you have any queries regarding this questionnaire please do not hesitate to contact any member of the research team (email addresses above).

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