Moodiness associated with PMS may be a Myth

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Oct 19, 2012

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Moodiness associated with PMS may be a Myth

Moodiness in women just before their periods cannot be solely associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS), says a new study.

[Read: Symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome]


Mood swings, irritability and tension experienced by majority of women before the arrival of their menstrual cycle are often blamed on PMS. The researchers suggested that while blaming hormonal flux in PMS we often tend to ignore other factors such as stress and lack of support of a woman’s partner/family for her anger and upset mood.

[Read: Tackling PMS]


Dr. Sarah Romans and her team from the University of Toronto analysed moos of women at different times of her menstrual cycle, but the team couldn’t draw any clear pattern or connection between moods and periods. The researchers studied many women, out of which in 36 per cent women, there was no clear evidence to show association between mood and the menstrual cycle. Only 13 per cent of the women had shown association between their negative moods and the premenstrual phase.


Dr. Romans said that usually when a woman is upset, the first thought which crosses our mind is that she is PMSing. Contrary to this belief, she and her team are quite sceptical about it.

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