Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Stress Seems to Play Role in Premenstrual Symptom Severity

(HealthDay News) -- Feeling stressed early in the menstrual cycle may worsen women's premenstrual symptoms, but teaching women how to reduce their stress levels may help, a new study suggests.

The study included 259 healthy women, aged 18 to 44, who were provided with an at-home fertility monitor to follow the phases of their monthly cycle. The participants also completed questionnaires about their stress levels for each of the four weeks of their cycle. None of the women were taking oral contraceptives or any other hormone medications.

Women who said they felt stressed two weeks before the beginning of menstruation were two to four times more likely to report moderate to severe premenstrual symptoms than those who didn't feel stressed, according to the report published recently online in the Journal of Women's Health. Read more...

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