Good news – one day we might not have to subsist on regular doses of paracetamol and ibuprofen to get through that time of the month. Scientists have found that during PMS (pre-menstural syndrome, often called PMT), a woman’s genes go haywire – a very different idea to the commonly held belief that PMS is a mood disorder caused by chemical fluctuations in the brain. And because of this, scientists believe they may be able to find a cure for the regular monthly pain.
Research conducted by National Institutes of Health in the US has found that the change in hormones hugely affects how women’s genes function prior to their monthly cycle. When PMS occurs, genes that are normal active actually become less so, while others which should be quiet become more mobile.
This new-found research has proven for the first time that PMS isn’t simply a case of women suffering from controllable mood swings, but is in fact their entire body suffering from being out of sync. The findings go against the idea that women should be able to contain their moods at that time of the month, and help to reaffirm that women’s moods during PMS are biologically beyond their control.
Most women suffer from PMS, or PMT in the run up to their monthly period, and can experience mood swings, irritability, bloating and breast pain. However, every one in 20 women will experience symptoms severe enough to intefere with everyday life – a more intense type of PMS – premenstrual dysmorphic disorder (PMDD).
The breakthrough has amazingly lead scientists to believe that it may soon be possible to find a cure for PMS. As, while the exact cause of the syndrome is unknown, knowing more about where it comes from can help to treat it. Here’s hoping…!