Study: Stress worsens the PMS symptoms

August 25th, 2010 - 8:43 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Aug 25 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The National Institute of Health (NIH) and other bodies have conducted a new study on 250 women between the ages of 18 - 44 and they have realized that most of the women have high stress levels and grave symptoms of PMS.

According to the study, most women in their ovulation suffer physiological and psychological distress during both ovulation and menstruation. Most of the symptoms include mood swings, depression, bloating and cramping.

The researchers said women who complained of higher stress levels were more likely to develop PMS symptoms. The rate was as high as 4 times.

However the researchers recommended some techniques to reduce the risk of PMS symptoms. They recommend that women who have higher stress levels should engage in relaxation and do some exercises to help in the situation. They advice that using those techniques are better and less expensive than using anti depressants and painkillers.

According to reports, “at least 10 studies have found an association between stress and PMS symptoms, but none was able to tell whether stress made symptoms worse – or if severe PMS caused women to feel stressed out.”

However earlier studies have all shown ways to reduce the PMS symptoms in women. Some of the studies found out that low doses of Vitamin B6 also helps to reduce the symptoms of PMS.

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