New study raises questions about linking women's moods to PMS
- Published: 19/10/2012 at 12:09 PM
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Is premenstrual syndrome (PMS) to blame for your bad mood? Not so fast, suggest researchers from the medical school at the University of Toronto. When it comes to moodiness, they claim PMS is too often the scapegoat for general stress or lack of support.
She must be premenstrual: a new study questions the association of moodiness with menstrual cycles. ©Karuka/Shutterstock.com
Dr. Sarah Romans and her team of researchers aren't saying that PMS isn't real, but "that those symptoms are culturally over-attributed to the menstrual cycle, to the detriment of the medical community and those experiencing them -- and as a broader issue of gender equality, wrote The Atlantic on Tuesday.
In a review published in the journal Gender Medicine last week, the team looked at 47 studies relating to PMS. Their conclusion: the research "failed to provide clear evidence in support of the existence of a specific premenstrual negative mood syndrome," they wrote.
While some studies found an association with mood at points during a woman's cycle, there were no clear patterns as to which part of the cycle was affected and sometimes there was no relationship at all.
"This puzzlingly widespread belief needs challenging, as it perpetuates negative concepts linking female reproduction with negative emotionality," the authors wrote.
"And when a woman's upset, it's still often one of the first thoughts people have -- maybe she's premenstrual, rather than 'Is her physical health bad? Is she under a lot of stress? Is she lacking social support?'" Romans told The Atlantic.
Access the study: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1550857912001349
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