During the pandemic, many women's periods became more painful.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected women's health: according to large-scale surveys conducted in 2020-2021, more than 53% of women reported a worsening of symptoms of premenstrual syndrome during this period.
This information was voiced at the 15th seminar "Reproductive potential: versions and contraversions" by Irina Kuznetsova, MD, professor, gynecologist and endocrinologist.
"Women are less likely than men to carry covid severely, and it has already been proven that the "female" hormones estrogen and progesterone protect the body from the adverse problems of coronavirus infection. However, the indirect effect of the pandemic on women has also been proven: stress and anxiety lead to menstrual irregularities," Irina Kuznetsova emphasized.
According to a survey of 1,031 women between the ages of 35 and 45 conducted in China, the following menstrual cycle disorders were reliably detected:
worsening PMS - 53%;
Change of menstrual regularity - 46%;
Decrease of libido - 45%;
first-time dysmenorrhea (pain during menstruation) - 30%;
Significant increase in menstrual blood loss - 18%;
delayed periods up to 60-120 days - 9%.
In addition, all of these problems were accompanied by sleep disorders.
"Contrary to stereotypes, PMS is not a normal phenomenon. Premenstrual syndrome in total takes women about 8 years of life, negatively affects the social interaction, and in general - we live so much to give so many years to this nasty syndrome, "- said the expert.
A key factor in the occurrence of PMS is chronic stress, and it is not surprising that the fear pandemic, which accompanies the pandemic of covida, affected this area as well.
Phytopreparations are relatively successful in eliminating PMS, but even more effective is work with the cause of the problem, namely generalized anxiety disorder and stress. According to Irina Kuznetsova's observations, combined oral contraceptives selected by a gynecologist, as well as communication with a psychologist or psychotherapist cope well with this.