PTSD Symptoms Can Vary Throughout the Menstrual Cycle

A woman leaning on a table with her head on her forehead as though she feels ill. The image is in a red-tone.

People who menstruate may experience PTSD symptoms differently throughout their period. While more research is needed, at least some of these experiences seem to be caused by natural changes in hormone levels.

Previous research has looked at women, specifically, to assess the link between estradiol and the risk for mood disorders. For example, studies have shown that when estradiol steeply declines during menopause and in the postpartum period, a person’s risk for affective disorders goes up.”