Study Shows Link Between Smoking & PMS - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/1/08

Study Shows Link Between Smoking & PMS

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There is another reason for women to stop smoking. A new study from the University of Massachusetts shows a strong link between smoking and PMS.

Researchers say that they have proof that smokers between the ages of 27 and 44 are twice as likely to develop PMS. Ob-gyn Dr. Leeann Haddock, M.D., "Most women who do smoke do start seeing irregularness in periods, which do cause a lot of those PMS type symptoms; bloating, breast changes, irregular periods. And so it definitely seems to go hand in hand. Hands down, don't smoke. Work hard to stop smoking, talk with your physician. There's a million ways to stop smoking, you may be able to prevent something, plus all the other risk factors".

The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, also finds that how much they smoke and how young they were when they started smoking can compound the problems of PMS. The study also reports that 20% of women have severe PMS symptoms that affect activities and even their relationships with other people.  

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