There’s FINALLY a scientific reason explaining why you get severe PMS symptoms. Hallelujah!
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD, affects 2 to 5 per cent of all women and is the most severe form of PMS.
And apparently it’s all related to genetics.
A new study from the National Institute of Health, have discovered that different genes result in women being more susceptible to things such as depression, anxiety and irritability – all of the symptoms of PMDD.
They argue that this alone gives evidence to the idea that PMDD affects how your cells respond to estrogen and progesterone.
The study ‘turned off’ estrogen and progesterone in subjects, who then noticed their symptoms of PMDD went away. Voila! When they turned them back on the bad mood swings returned.
The study also looked at white blood cells of women, which they noticed reacted differently in the subjects when exposed to hormones.
“This is a big moment for women’s health, because it establishes that women with PMDD have an intrinsic difference in their molecular apparatus for response to sex hormones — not just emotional behaviors they should be able to voluntarily control,” researcher Dr. David Goldman said in a statement.
So basically, you’re not just ‘having a bad day’, there IS a biological reason why you’re having a mood swing.
Biology. Did you hear that, guys?