In women who have experienced trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms may vary over the course of the menstrual cycle, with more symptoms during the first few days of the cycle when the hormone estradiol is low and fewer symptoms close to ovulation, when estradiol is high, finds research published by the American Psychological Association.
The results could have implications for PTSD diagnosis and treatment, according to lead author Jenna Rieder, PhD, an assistant professor of psychology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. “When in the cycle you assess women might actually affect whether they meet diagnostic criteria for PTSD, especially for people who are right on the border,” she said. “And that can have real practical implications, say, for someone who is a veteran and entitled to benefits or for health insurance purposes.”
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Corporate Author: American Psychological Association
Publication Year: 2021