Menstrual cycle linked to suicides, claims AIIMS study

Times of India

May 24, 2009

NEW DELHI: Women in depression, especially during their run a greater risk of harming themselves including committing suicide, an AIIMS study has claimed.

A team of researchers at the country’s premier medical institute here have found that complexities in menstrual cycle may be a reason for heightened suicide risk.

“Women with menstrual problem were more likely to have a major depressive disorder than women with no such problems and menstrual cycle has a positive association with suicidal behaviour,” said Dr T D Dogra, Head of the Department of Forensic Sciences, AIIMS.

Using Hispathological examination, a method of collecting tissues from uterus through biopsy, was used to determine the stage of menstrual cycle of the women who committed suicide and were brought for autopsies at the department.

The doctors at the forensic department studied 100 cases of women, between the age group of 15-45, the bodies of whom came for the post-mortem. Of these, 56 were suicide cases while the remaining had died due to other reasons.

Comment from Leslie

Well,  where do I start – other than I have been saying this for years – it makes sense because when a woman’s hormone levels drop so does everything else – The world which looked rosy – due to high levels of hormones – looks pretty damn bleak – during the paramenstrum – due to lack of hormones. Scientifically speaking – Hormones Rule!

Preventable – yes, if a woman and her partner/family know what is going on.

Sign of weakness – hell no!  This is science/biological and can be -and has been – and will be- once women understand what is happening to them.

Menstrual health education has been sorely lacking – leaving women to be victims of their own natural body cycles.

Check out my book – at the Book Store on this site – it explains it all – “Understanding Your Mood Mind and Hormone Cycle.”  Stop being victimized by a lack of education.

“Women are cycling beings – not beings at the mercy of a cycle.” My quote: Damn good don’t you think?

“A woman’s body is the battlefield where she fights for liberation.

It is through her body that oppression works, reifying her, sexualizing her,

victimizing her and disabling her.” 
                                                                  Germaine Greer
The Whole Woman


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.