You may have noticed that when you are stressed, your PMS symptoms such as mood swings, irritability, poor concentration, depression and basic crabbiness are worse? Many studies, have, over the years identified the connection between stress and PMS, but it wants clear, which of the two was responsible for the other.

symptoms of pmsResearchers from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development tracked over 250 women to find the answer to this question – whether PMS causes stress or whether stress exacerbates PMS symptoms.

It turned out that it is stress that worsens the symptoms of PMS. The study showed that those women who were seen as stressed were more likely to be irritable, anxious, sad, and tearful and so on. In other words, it was stress that was seen to be cause of the worsening symptoms rather than the effect of PMS.

In particular, this fact was demonstrated by the same women who were seen as being less stressed one month and more stressed the next – their symptoms and the severity of their symptoms seemed to correspond to their stress levels leading the researchers to arrive at their conclusions.

So ladies if you want to keep the PMS under control, who knows, all you may need is some pampering and some stress buster treatment – a day at the spa perhaps?