Have OCD? When your symptoms may intensify in your monthly cycle

/Have OCD? When your symptoms may intensify in your monthly cycle

Have OCD? When your symptoms may intensify in your monthly cycle

My HormonologyIf you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)—for instance, you wash your hands excessively, need to perform certain “rituals” (like knocking three times) or have the urge to align items on your desk in a specific way—where you are in your monthly cycle can play a part in its severity, according to a 2005 study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry and a 2006 study in the journal International Clinical Psychopharmacology.

After examining women with OCD throughout their cycle, researchers discovered that compulsive behaviors were more pronounced for many women during their premenstrual week.

They also found OCD worsened for some women after giving birth and during menopause.

Their theory? The plunge in estrogen during each of these phases causes anxiety and/or the blues, which then triggers compulsive behaviors as a way to cope with or combat them. Another theory is that a drop in serotonin is behind the rise in OCD behaviors.

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By | 2018-08-12T15:57:41+00:00 November 4th, 2013|hormonology tip|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by participating in her fundraiser at MyHormonology.com/28-days-fundraiser.

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