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Stress Causes PMS

Which Comes First: PMS or Stress?

Stress. Rather than being a symptom of PMS, stress actually causes it, according to a set of researchers. They found that women who register high on a stress scale are much more likely to experience anger, anxiety, depression, mood swings, trouble concentrating, and other signs of PMS. And if a woman's stress scores went down in a month, the signs of PMS would decrease in her next cycle.

Considering the fact that 75 percent of women experience mild to moderate PMS, I'd bet most of us have too much stress in our lives. Linking the two means that we can treat PMS the same way we treat stress: with exercise, other lifestyle changes, and maybe a day in our PJs watching mindless reality TV.

Source: Flickr User Helga Weber

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acyl acyl 6 years
This makes sense to me. I've just had a super-stressful month, and I'm just now hitting my PMS week. I have been SO tired the last couple days--I don't feel like doing anything, except sleeping and eating! I don't feel particularly depressed about anything, just really fatigued.
bethinabox bethinabox 6 years
Makes sense to me. I don't get stressed that often, and I hardly PMS. I tend to get frustrated more than usual, but nothing terrible.
stephley stephley 6 years
Why then do young girls often experience pms? I think the study requires more work before any draws any conclusions. There's nothing worse that a gym teacher telling a girl doubled over with cramps that what she needs to do is get up and exercise.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
Maybe if I were to eradicate all stress from my life (quit work, sell child to circus ;) or at least wait until she's no longer three years old, purge all current and former love interests, and get a big wad of cash), I could use that time as a control to see if PMS happens because of stress. :D Honestly, though, I don't notice PMS. I get my period and think, "So that's why I cried at that song on the radio last week!"
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
Hmm. I'm rarely ever stressed out (I'm a super mellow person) and I've always thought women WAY over-complained about PMS. Maybe this is why-- I'm too mellow to get it very bad! Usually the only sign in me is food cravings about a week before. I get intense salt cravings. But, emotionally, I never feel any different.
WarEagleNurse WarEagleNurse 6 years
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