Most nights, Karin Wacaser, 48, a public relations consultant in Dallas, sleeps soundly for about 10 hours. But three days before her period, like clockwork, Wacaser has intense insomnia, waking up every hour or two. "It's crazy," she says. "And frustrating. Sometimes I'll toss and turn for an hour until I can go back to sleep."At other times, Wacaser lies awake all night, finally falling asleep around 7 a.m.
What is going on? "Each phase of the menstrual cycle has different effects on sleep," says...
When these emotional
symptoms or aggression are severe, they are called
premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). PMDD is not a common problem. It happens in only about 5 out of 100 women.1
Katz VL, et al. (2007). Primary and secondary
dysmenorrhea, premenstrual syndrome, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. In LO
Eckert, GM Lentz, eds., Comprehensive Gynecology, 5th
ed., pp. 901-913. Philadelphia: Mosby Elsevier.
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Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
June 8, 2010
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