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What If Your Menstrual Cycle Could Determine Your Anxiety?

Anxiety is part of the human existence. Women can live with an anxiety disorder, have anxiety regularly, or experience anxiety as a result of their menstrual cycles. Some women go through such severe anxiety during their menstrual cycle, they become depressed, panicked, and can become suicidal. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1800-273-8255.

Women seek a variety of treatment and therapy options to cope with their anxiety. While some women seek professional help, other women turn to harmful, damaging behaviors like drug and alcohol addiction, eating disorders, and more. Whatever relief a woman seeks, she often finds herself frustrated and defeated when her symptoms return.

New research published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology discovered that women with anxiety who experience certain hormone production patterns in their menstrual cycle respond better to anxiety treatments. Women with anxiety who also had low levels of oestrogen had a lower likelihood of improving their anxiety after treatment. If they did see some improvements, they were less likely to maintain those improvements or continue to progress.

Oestrogen is at its highest in the second week of the menstrual cycle. The study shows that women may be more adaptable to treatments and progress earlier in their menstrual cycle as opposed to later, when hormones like oestrogen begin to drop.

In the search for “cures” to mental health disorders, there are many discoveries made which lead to promising potential for new treatments. Researchers find specific genes, chemicals, cells, and more which they feel they could alter. Always, in these studies, researchers exclaim that these findings could drastically change the way treatment for mental health is offered. Rarely are women, their hormones, or their menstrual cycle taken into specific consideration. Too often, a women’s cycle of hormone production is not given attention in studies, which can skew results. This study promises more than a new approach to anxiety treatment in women. Creating customized treatment plans for women in the future may take a greater position of respect when it comes to the impact a woman’s hormones and menstrual cycle has on her life and her mental health.

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