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PMS misery? Blame it on man!

Lack of compassion can lead to women becoming depressed in the days before their period.

india Updated: May 06, 2006 18:29 IST

Don’t blame your hormones for the misery of pre-menstrual syndrome rather accuse the men in your life .

Scientists believe all women suffer the bodily changes that cause the mood swings, lethargy and pain of premenstrual syndrome.

But some handle it better than others - thanks to the men in their lives.

Lack of compassion can lead to women becoming angry and argumentative or withdrawn and depressed in the days before their period, a University of Leicester psychology conference will hear.

"Women who get the symptoms are biologically no different to women who don't.

What actually causes the symptoms is a combination of factors - what's happening in your body and what's happening in the environment,” Professor Jane Ussher was quoted by The Daily Mail, as saying.

"Men certainly play a significant role in PMS and can play a very significant role in women's depression and anger at that time of the cycle, " she added.

Professor Ussher backed up her theory by comparing the severity of symptoms suffered by British and Australian women in heterosexual couples and those in lesbian relationships. The study showed that women in lesbian relationships are less blighted by PMS.

Male partners, in contrast, don't know how to handle the condition. "They feel confused, they feel whatever they say is wrong," said Professor Ussher.