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Perceived stress and severity of perimenstrual symptoms: the BioCycle Study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20384452     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To examine the longitudinal relation between perceived stress in the previous month and perimenstrual symptom severity across two cycles among regularly menstruating, healthy women (n = 259).
METHODS: At baseline (11 days before the first cycle), participants completed the 4-item Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) for the previous month (first cycle exposure) and questionnaires on lifestyle factors. On cycle day 22 of a standardized 28-day cycle, participants again completed the PSS for the previous week (second cycle exposure) and each week rated the severity (none, mild, moderate, severe) of 17 psychological and physical symptoms (e.g., crying, cramping, pain). Mixed models estimated the association between perceived stress scores and number of moderate/severe symptoms and symptom severity scores, allowing both stress and perimenstrual symptoms to vary by cycle.
RESULTS: Adjusting for age, education, passive and active smoking, and waist/height ratio (WHtR), high stress (fourth quartile PSS) was associated with an increased risk of reporting >or=8 or more (OR 7.2, 3.3-15.8) and >or=5 (OR 2.5, 1.6-4.1) symptoms as moderate/severe during the perimenstrual period compared with lower stress (quartiles one, two, and three). Stress scores were positively (p < 0.0001) associated with increased symptom severity scores for total, psychological, and physical symptoms.
CONCLUSIONS: These analyses show that higher perceived stress precedes an increased severity of perimenstrual symptoms. Stress reduction programs may be an effective, nonpharmaceutical treatment for physical and psychological symptom relief.
Audra L Gollenberg; Mary L Hediger; Sunni L Mumford; Brian W Whitcomb; Kathleen M Hovey; Jean Wactawski-Wende; Enrique F Schisterman
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of women's health (2002)     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1931-843X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Womens Health (Larchmt)     Publication Date:  2010 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-12     Completed Date:  2012-04-16     Revised Date:  2013-05-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101159262     Medline TA:  J Womens Health (Larchmt)     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  959-67     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Epidemiology, Statistics and Prevention Research, NICHD, NIH, DHHS, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Body Height
Diagnostic Self Evaluation
Educational Status
Menstrual Cycle / physiology,  psychology*
Odds Ratio
Premenstrual Syndrome / psychology*
Stress, Psychological / psychology*
Waist Circumference
Young Adult

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