Seeking volunteers for research study on premenstrual mood symptoms

Experience PMS? Interested in research?

The Johns Hopkins Center for Women's Reproductive Mental Health is seeking women to participate in a research study on premenstrual mood symptoms, sometimes called premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). The study involves three remote visits with Johns Hopkins staff over the course of two to three months, plus in-person blood draws. These visits involve questionnaires about mood, tracking your menstrual cycle, and providing saliva samples, in addition to blood samples. Each of the visits lasts about one hour.

To be eligible for the study, women must:

  • Experience feelings of sadness, anxiety, irritability, or anger the week before their period; these feelings must go away shortly after their period starts
  • Be age 18-50
  • Experience regular menstrual cycles
  • Not be taking hormonal birth control (the pill, the patch, the shot, the Mirena/Skyla IUD)
  • Not be using psychiatric medications such as antidepressants

For more information, visit the center's website.

To see if you might be eligible, follow the link for the eligibility screener.

Principal Investigator: Liisa Hantsoo
PhD Protocol #: IRB00256856