PMS Causes Our Brain To Change

August 11, 11:40 AM
Detroit Alternative Medicine ExaminerDebbie Nicholson

Women with cramps in the lower abdomen prior to or during menstruation also seem to possibly have abnormal structure alterations in brain areas that cover pain and emotions. This irregularity continues even when women are not having periodic menstrual pain, as stated by a study in Taiwan.

When MRI scans were done amid the no pain near ovulation time of the menstrual cycle, alternations were seen in the areas of the brain which are part of pain sending and higher sense process including the areas of hormone function and pain infliction according to Dr. Cheng-Hao Tu of the National Yang-Ming University in Taipei, Taiwan and his associates.

Patient studies of persons with chronic pain have exhibited that increased pain messages sent to the central nervous system can induce structural and functioning changes all over the nervous system as the researchers had recorded online in Pain.

However, this type of alterations have not been explained for cyclic pain as witnessed in menstrual cramps, therefore, Dr. Tu and associates had enrolled 32 women with serious menstrual pain along with 32 women who did not suffer this condition.



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.