Depression During Periods

By on January 5, 2012

psychologyhealth anxiety depression disorder Depression During Periods

The body of a woman experience fluctuation in the hormone levels during menstruation, which can result in mood disorders. 75% women, who are otherwise healthy and do not have any history of mental disorder suffer from depression during their periods. Other factors like perceived stress and dietary habits also contribute significantly to depression experienced by women during periods.

A number of negative symptoms of menstruation occur due to calcium deficiency. The hormones responsible for regulating the levels of calcium in the body of a woman fluctuate during her menstrual cycle; ten days prior to the scheduled date of menstruation, the levels of these hormones drop drastically, which might lead to depression. Increased estrogen levels in menstruating women can be another cause of depression as this female reproductive hormone results in reduction of blood sugar levels. Increased estrogen production and decrease in production of progesterone during menstruation also lead to drop in the levels of the brain chemical serotonin, which might make the woman suffer from depression.

A study conducted at the Bucknell University has proved that women come up with stronger reaction to stress before and during the periods. During this time women often suffer from depression and fatigue due to stress.

Statistics suggest that 5% women are victims of a rare condition called Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, which is a severe form of depression. The exact factor leading to this condition is still unknown; however, medical experts believe that women become victims of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder as a result of fluctuation in the hormonal levels in their body.

To avoid onset of depression during periods, women are advised to increase their intake of calcium during menstruation. Depression triggered by fluctuation in hormonal levels can be successfully managed by using progesterone suppositories and an estrogen regulating drug called Danazol.