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A 23-year-old female asked:

Can on and off anxiety or my overall come and go anxiety effect the poor contraction during my menstrual cycles?

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Dr. Walter Zetusky
Psychiatry 38 years experience
MOST CERTAINLY: ANXIETY OR AFFECTIVE INSTABILITY CAN HAVE MAJOR EFFECTS ON ANY BODILY SYSTEM, ESPECIALLY MENSTRUATION. KEEP IN MIND THAT ANXIETY IS A BEHAVIORAL MANIFESTATION OF BIOCHEMICAL CHANGES, HENCE IT ISN'T JUST IN YOUR MIND EXERCISE IS EFFECTIVE SINCE IT "BURNS OFF" STRESS HORMONES SUCH AS ADRENALINE, CORTISOL ...MEDITATION, YOGA OR THE MORE PHYSICAL TAI CHI ARE ALSO USEFUL.
Dr. Mark Rego
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Yes: They are probably related. Anxiety usually interferes with concentration. With who are prone to anxiety and depression (biologically two sides of the same coin) are often worse premenstrually. This is not hormonal. It is the effect of normal changes on the vulnerability you have to these symptoms.

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Last updated Mar 30, 2015

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