The author begins with a concise historical review of the fears tabus and superstitions that always have surrounded menstruation visualizing the different expressions of these fears in different cultural levels she ventures an interesting hypothesis on a possible connection between the psychic effect of menstruation and the medieval belief in witches. It is the authors purpose to determine the psychologic mechanisms associated with menstruation by a research into the symptoms which arise or become aggravated during the monthly period by a study of the associated phenomena of transference by an analysis of the dreams and fantasies which appear at that time and by a survey of the sociologic . In the sample overall total psychological symptoms d 063 as well as depression d 081 and phobic anxiety d 081 symptoms specifically were increased in the early follicular compared to midluteal phase the impact of menstrual cycle phase on phobic anxiety was modified by a significant ptsd x menstrual phase interaction d 063. For example major psychological problems reported pre menstrually and during menstruation were irritability 40 of the subjects mood swings 38 of the subjects fatigue 30 of the subjects and depression 28 of the subjects in an australian olympic team 5
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