Body & Fitness

Is your cat causing your PMS?

A study from Mexico has suggested a link between the two.
cats and pms

cats and pms

PMS: for those that suffer with it, it’s the monthly plight that brings on feelings of nausea, cramping, anxiety and irritability.

And with half of all women thought to suffer with premenstrual syndrome, isn’t it high time we found what’s behind it?

A recent study, published in the Journal of Clinical Medical Research, has suggested a link between a severe form of PMS – known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) – and cats.

Cats can carry a parasite known as toxoplasma gondii, which can cause toxoplasmosis in humans, but research now suggests it could also be causing severe forms of PMS.

Studies have seemed to find a link between the parasite, which can become lodged in the brain, and human behaviour – suggesting that it could in fact cause mental illness.

The infection is already known to disrupt neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin, leading to changes in behaviour and mood.

A study from Mexico has attempted to link the virus with PMDD, most specifically the feeling of being overwhelmed and out of control.

But their results must be treated with care, researchers warn, as apparently only a small proportion of the women sampled actually had toxoplasmosis.

While more research is required to establish the relationship (if there is one) between PMDD and toxoplasmosis, experts advise that you maintain good hygiene around cats – particularly while pregnant.

The National Health Service in the UK also advises women to wear gloves if gardening or doing outside work – to prevent contamination from infected soil.

How to beat PMS

We asked regenerative medicine expert, Dr Frances Pitsilis, to explain PMS and how we can beat it. Watch her video below to hear her advice.

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