A tool to track links between menstruation and mental health
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A tool to track links between menstruation and mental health

Lindsey Barry Ward manager, Cygnet Health Care, Coventry, England

It is widely accepted that the premenstrual phase of the menstrual cycle affects the mental health of some women. This article critically examines a potential tool that would enable further exploration of this subject. Incorporating qualitative and quantitative research, the author focuses on incident trends and service users’ experience of menstruation. The article concludes with a discussion about potential interventions that could support women in an inpatient setting whose mental health worsens during the premenstrual phase of their cycle.

Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2018.e1318


Barry L (2018) A tool to track links between menstruation and mental health. Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2018.e1318

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-bind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software



Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 09 October 2018

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