Neuropsychological function is related to irritable bowel syndrome in women with premenstrual syndrome and dysmenorrhea

Ayadilord, Malaksima, Mahmoudzadeh, Sara, Hoseini, Zahra Sadat, Askari, Masoumeh, Rezapour, Hadis, Saharkhiz, Mansoore, Abbaszadeh, Arefeh, Karbasi, Samira, Zandi Dashtebayaze, Nasrin, Ferns, Gordon A and Bahrami, Afsane (2020) Neuropsychological function is related to irritable bowel syndrome in women with premenstrual syndrome and dysmenorrhea. Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics. ISSN 0932-0067

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There is increasing evidence demonstrating the co-occurrence of primary dysmenorrhea (PD), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in women. This study aimed to investigate whether women who have symptoms of IBS in addition to PD and PMS also report more severe or frequent menstruation-associated symptoms and psychological complications compared to women with PD and PMS alone.

The study group included 182 female University students aged 18–25 years. IBS was diagnosed using the Rome III criteria. The severity of PMS and PD was determined using a 10-point visual analog scale and PSST (Premenstrual Syndrome Screening Tool), respectively. Neuropsychological functions including cognitive function, depression score, anxiety score, stress, insomnia, daytime sleepiness, quality of life and personality were assessed using standard questionnaires.

Of the 182 young females, 31 (17.0%) had IBS. Average days of bleeding during the menstrual cycle and mean pain severity on the PSST scale were significantly greater in the group with IBS compared to the non-IBS group (p < 0.01). The non-IBS individuals scored more favorably than the women with IBS with respect to severity of depression, insomnia, daytime sleepiness (p < 0.05). The PSST scores were significantly correlated with scores for depression (r = 0.29; p < 0.001), anxiety (r = 0.28; p < 0.001), stress (r = 0.32; p < 0.001), insomnia (r = 0.34; p < 0.001) and daytime sleepiness (r = 0.31; p < 0.001); while, they were negatively correlated with cognitive abilities (r = − 0.20; p = 0.006) and quality of life (r = − 0.42; p < 0.001). Linear regression analysis showed that the PSST scores were possibly significant factors in determining the scores for depression, anxiety, stress, quality of life, insomnia and daytime sleepiness (p < 0.05).

IBS is related to psychological comorbidities, in particular depression, sleep problems and menstrual-associated disorders. IBS may exacerbate the features of PMS which should be taken into account in the management of PMS.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Division of Medical Education
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Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2020 07:04
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2021 01:00

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