Stress, anxiety and agitation

During your menstrual cycle, your hormone levels change and it is very common for this fluctuation to affect how you feel. Mood related symptoms such as stress, anxiety, restlessness and agitation before and during menstruation can directly result from the dramatic hormonal shifts taking place in your body. Don’t be alarmed. You can take steps to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety and manage your symptoms.

Expert advice

  • Anxiety and stress are common PMS symptoms for many women, but just like back pain, bloating and cramps, anxiety and stress can and should be managed. Don't be afraid to talk to your doctor about your symptoms. Medication can help control severe anxiety, but there are also plenty of things you can do to help yourself.
  • Minimizing external stress factors such as work pressures, lack of sleep, alcohol and drug use, exercising regularly, and eating well can help alleviate many PMS symptoms, including anxiety and stress.
  • There may not be one, simple reason why you are feeling stressed but hormonal fluctuations are almost certainly a factor. If you have suffered pain, such as extreme back ache, heavy bleeding or cramps, during your menstrual cycle you are likely to feel concerned about this happening again and this may cause stress and anxiety. Notice any patterns of negative feeling and low mood around your menstrual cycle. This will help you identify what triggers your feelings and develop coping strategies that work for you.
  • You can take steps to reduce feelings of stress. For example, mindfulness (the acceptance of what is), yoga and other meditational practices and relaxation techniques can help you deal with stress, anxiety and agitation. Taking some quiet, relaxing time for yourself and talking about your symptoms with a good friend can also bring relief.
  • If you already take anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications for disorders that are not menstruation-related, you may be more likely to suffer from psychological symptoms during your period.1 Discuss your symptoms and your medication with your physician.

1. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) Rogerio A. Lobo JoAnn Pinkerton The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Volume 95, Issue 4, 1 April 2010, Pages E1,

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