Acute premenstrual syndrome involves nervous system disorder

By : Pippa Fielding
October 31, 2009

In the recent days the information that women are getting more and more affected with severe premenstrual syndrome are more likely to have permanently depressed nervous system, have come to the fore. The same has been revealed by a recently conducted research by eminent researchers of Japan. It has come to the knowledge by the research conducted by Tamaki Matsumoto from the International Buddhist University in Osaka to determine whether the natural process of the central nervous system, which is known to play a highly imperative role in the maintenance of the perfect equilibrium of the human body, went to a process of thorough change at the time of the menstrual cycle.

It is also to be noted in the same regard, that the researchers also examined an assortment of physical, emotional and behavioral symptoms that were found to be associated with the menstrual cycles of 62 women.

In addition, the findings also revealed that the control group found little or no menstrual symptoms, and that did not differ in the specified month. On the other hand, women who were found to be affected with PMS did reflect a noteworthy reduction, especially, in the autonomic and parasympathetic nerve activity during the phase that preceded menstruation. What’s more, those with the most marked symptoms [known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)] had lower rates of nerve activity than the other groups during the entire menstrual cycle.

Speaking on the occasion to the queries of the reporters the Chief Researcher of the study group Tamaki Matsumoto said, “Our findings indicate that the occurrence of premenstrual symptomatology could be attributable to an altered functioning of the autonomic nervous system in the symptomatic late luteal phase.” He also clarified that the PMS is comprised of innumerable non-specific physical, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive symptoms that occur in the days prior to menstruation. The most prevalent symptoms, therefore, happen to be irritability, mood lability, depression, decreased concentration, abdominal bloating, fluid retention, breast swelling, and general aches.


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.