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Severe PMS May Last Longer Than Thought

Posted 5 Mar 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 5 – For years, women with the severe form of premenstrual syndrome known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) were told that their symptoms should subside the day menstruation begins. Now, new research suggests that these symptoms, which can include serious mood swings, start about four days before menstruation and can linger through the first three days of menses – as many women with the disorder can attest. This expanded PMDD definition will help researchers update the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), due out in May 2013. The DSM classifies mental disorders by precise definitions and diagnostic criteria, and it influences treatment decisions and insurance reimbursement. "It was thought that PMDD symptoms would drop off sharply at the onset of menses, and now we realize they don't," said study author Dr. S. Ann Hartlage, director of ... Read more

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Diets Rich in Vitamin B May Help Prevent PMS, Study Finds

Posted 14 Mar 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 14 – Women may be less likely to develop premenstrual syndrome if they eat a diet rich in two types of B vitamins, a new study suggests. Women who consumed thiamine (B1) and riboflavin (B2) in their food significantly reduced their risk of PMS, the data suggested. Thiamine is found in fortified cereals, whole grains, beans and nuts, and researchers said eating two to three servings of thiamine-rich foods a day appeared to thwart PMS. Riboflavin is available in milk, eggs, meat and green vegetables. Eating one to two servings of fortified cereal or six to seven servings of foods such as spinach, cow or soy milk, or red meat seemed to have a beneficial effect, the researchers found. The study, led by Dr. Patricia O. Chocano-Bedoya of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, followed more than 3,000 women participating in the U.S. Nurses Health Study II. All of the women ... Read more

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Fluctuating Hormones Linked to More Severe Bipolar Symptoms

Posted 16 Feb 2011 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 15 – In women with bipolar disorder, premenstrual mood changes are associated with more depressive episodes and more severe symptoms, researchers have found. The findings from the study of nearly 300 women offer evidence that premenstrual flare-ups of mood symptoms may be a clinical marker predicting greater severity of bipolar disorder in reproductive-age women, said Dr. Rodrigo Dias and colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital. The bipolar women with pre-mentrual mood changes had more episodes of depression and worse symptoms the following year, compared with bipolar women without premenstrual mood changes, the researchers found. The study is published in the Feb. 15 online edition of the American Journal of Psychiatry. Through their action on the central nervous system, estrogen and other reproductive hormones influence mood, the researchers explained. The time ... Read more

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Scans Show How Hormone Levels Affect Female Brain

Posted 26 Oct 2010 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 26 – Hormone levels at certain phases of the menstrual cycle affect women's emotional responses, finds a new study. Researchers used MRI to study the brains of women who viewed a series of pictures and rated them as pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. This test was repeated at different stages of the women's menstrual cycles. In the early follicular stage of the menstrual cycle, no areas of the women's brains showed significantly increased activation while viewing the pictures. But during the midpoint of their menstrual cycle, when hormone levels were higher, the women had increased activity in the lateral prefrontal cortex and other areas of the brain involved in processing emotional information, the researchers found. The study was to be presented Oct. 25 at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Denver, Colo. "This research sheds light on ... Read more

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Stress Seems to Play Role in Premenstrual Symptom Severity

Posted 25 Aug 2010 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26 – 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. Symptoms reported by the participants included mood swings, ... Read more

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Menstrual Cramps May Alter Women's Brains

Posted 11 Aug 2010 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 11 – Menstrual cramps are often dismissed as a mere nuisance, but new research suggests the monthly misery may be altering women's brains. Researchers in Taiwan used a type of brain scan known as optimized voxel-based morphometry to analyze the anatomy of the brains of 32 young women who reported experiencing moderate to severe menstrual cramps on a regular basis for several years, and 32 young women who did not experience much menstrual pain. Even when they weren't experiencing pain, women who had reported having bad cramps had abnormalities in their gray matter (a type of brain tissue), said study author Dr. Jen-Chuen Hsieh, a professor of neuroscience at the Institute of Brain Science at National Yang-Ming University in Taipei, Taiwan. Those differences included abnormal decreases in volume in regions of the brain believed to be involved in pain processing, ... Read more

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The 'Pill' Offers Benefits Beyond Birth Control

Posted 22 Dec 2009 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 22 – Along with preventing pregnancy, hormonal contraceptives also treat menstruation-related disorders such as severe menstrual pain and heavy menstrual bleeding, according to a new Practice Bulletin issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The bulletin also said that combined contraceptives containing both estrogen and progesterone reduce the risk of endometrial, ovarian and colorectal cancer. Other potential benefits include prevention of menstrual migraines, treatment of pelvic pain caused by endometriosis and treatment of bleeding because of uterine fibroids. "We've known for many years that hormonal contraceptives have health advantages beyond preventing pregnancy," Dr. Robert L. Reid, who led the development of the bulletin, said in a news release from the organization. "These recommendations examine the scientific data supporting the ... Read more

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Stopping Antidepressants Boosts Risk of PMS Relapse

Posted 4 May 2009 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 4 – Relapse is common among women with severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS) who stop taking the antidepressant sertraline to treat their symptoms, a new study concludes. It included 174 women with PMS or the most severe form of PMS – premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). The women were randomly assigned to take sertraline for four months and then switch to placebo for 14 months or to take sertraline for 12 months and a placebo for six months. Of the 174 patients, 125 (72 percent) showed improvement following treatment with sertraline, most within the first four months. Relapse (a return to the level of symptoms experienced before treatment) occurred in 41 percent of women in the 12-month treatment group (median time to relapse, eight months) and in 60 percent of women in the four-month treatment group (median time to relapse, four months). "Patients with severe symptoms at ... Read more

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