Year: 2009 Source: Crisis, v.30, no.4, (2009), p.202-207 SIEC No: 20100300

This study examined whether the menstruation cycle impacts on suicide. 56 autopsies on Indian females who died by suicide were performed & matched to a control group of 44 females who had died from other causes. Results show that 25% of women of who died by suicide were menstruating at the time, compared to 4.5% of the control group. More research is warranted to investigate this apparent association. There are serious methodological problems in the study of menstruation & suicide & there is a need to understand the impact within a larger psychological, social, & cultural framework. (26 refs.)