Alcohol intake may be linked to premenstrual syndrome

Alcohol intake may be linked to premenstrual syndrome

Alcohol intake may be linked to premenstrual syndrome

Drinking alcohol increases the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), a new study suggests. But one US expert said that, for women bothered by bad PMS, it certainly couldn't hurt to try lowering alcohol use.

The study was published in the British Medical Journal Open and the researchers claim that "based on the figures above and on our results, we estimate that 11 percent of the PMS cases may be associated to alcohol intake worldwide and 21 percent in Europe".

He advised women to cut down on their alcohol intake in the week before their period to reduce symptoms. He directs obstetrics and gynecology at Huntington Hospital in Huntington, N.Y.

Mood swings, fatigue, breast tenderness, bloating, and irritability are just some of the symptoms many women have to go through every. single. month. Overall, the researchers estimate that the average woman is likely to experience 3,000 days of disabling PMS symptoms during her reproductive years.

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"Although we do not pretend to make recommendations on the basis of one study only, even if it is a "study of studies" as ours (a meta-analysis), we think it would be better to avoid heavy drinking for women who are prone to PMS", he added. To find out, Takkouche's group analyzed findings from 19 prior studies on the issue.

Based on the collected data, the research showed that about 11 percent of PMS cases worldwide might be associated with alcohol consumption. But in Europe and America the equivalent figures are higher, at nearly 60 percent and over 12.5 percent, respectively.

In Europe, 6 out of 10 women drink alcohol and 12.6% are heavy drinkers.

That means that about one in every five PMS cases in those regions could be tied to drinking, the report concluded.

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Out of the 47,000 participants, 45 percent said they noticed a "moderate" increase in symptoms after consuming alcohol.

How might boozing affect PMS rates and severity?

Most of the studies the authors analyzed could not show which came first - drinking alcohol or PMS, said Dr. Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson, a professor of epidemiology at the University of MA at Amherst who studies PMS.

However, Panay has stated that the study did include different important factors, like diet, smoking lifestyle, or stress levels, but they need to continue the research and see a clear connection between PMS and alcohol intake. "I know of at least one USA study, very well designed, that found an increase in the risk of hypertension among women who had suffered PMS, especially among those who had suffered from hypertension before 40 years of age", Takkouche told Reuters Health.

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