PMS doesn’t exist

Pre-menstrual stress (PMS), also known as pre-menstrual tension (PMT), no longer exists.

Pre-menstrual stress (PMS), also known as pre-menstrual tension (PMT), no longer exists. A group of Canadian academics signed the death-warrant with its review of 47 studies of the widely-accepted condition.

The academics found that many of the studies did not live up to good scientific practice. Of those which did, only 13 per cent found a link between the pre-menstrual days and a woman’s bad mood.

The group concluded that none of the studies could provide clear evidence of a “specific pre-menstrual negative mood syndrome”. To give further weight to its findings Jane Ussher, the professor of women’s health psychology at the University of Western Sydney, has found that the idea of PMS is a Western one. There is no similar concept in India, China or Hong Kong.

Women have not taken kindly to the news that PMS is all in their heads.

To find out more visit www.smh.com.au

 

Opinion – Feeling a bit tetchy

According to this study PMS is a fictional condition which only exists in the minds of western women. The anger, frustration or irrational sadness many women feel at the same time every month is entirely coincidental, and we should all stop making such a song and dance over it.

That statement alone makes me feel a bit tetchy. Maybe these scientists are right and PMS has nothing to do with hormone cycles (even though it is a well-known fact that hormones can make your mood somewhat volatile – just ask anyone who has tried to argue with a pregnant woman). Maybe the well-documented, regularly occurring snippiness many women feel is caused by the fact that women are still expected to do a greater share of the household chores, or that wage-equality in Australia has stalled, with women still only earning around 85c to the dollar compared to men in the same role.

Or perhaps it is simply because of studies such this one, which seem to think it is acceptable to invalidate the feelings and experiences of women with the excuse that it’s all in our heads.

Before I go and raid my chocolate stash to calm down, may I also point out that the three countries used as examples of places without documented PMS are:

  1. All Asian countries, and thus not a good representation of ‘non-western’ countries
  2. Not known for their liberated female population
  3. Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, making the three samples even less diverse

Just a thought.

Do you think PMS is just an excuse for women to be in a bad mood? Or have the academics gone too far this time?





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    Kaye Fallick
    16th Jan 2013
    11:29am
    No- I think PMS is real and, for some women, a very debilitating condition. Medical 'research' makes we want to weep at times - chocolate is good for you/bad for you, coffee causes cancer/increases your longevity, sunshine is the number one killer/without it your bone health will decrease. Give me a break!!!
    Precious
    17th Jan 2013
    1:48pm
    I remember bursting into tears at the kitchen table and hubby worried and asking me whatever the matter and I DIDNT KNOW.....i WAS SPOILT HAD EVERYTHING A GOOD PARTIME JOB ETC ETC AND DIVINE FAMILY...NO ONE TOLD ME it was the beginning of the change of life......
    Jen
    16th Jan 2013
    11:53am
    No. Women have plenty of other excuses for being in a bad mood. ;) PMS is for real.
    Reppie
    16th Jan 2013
    12:01pm
    I tend to think this so called survey of a whole 47 was done by males - maybe the chosen 47 were males too eh?

    Anyone who has ever endured PMS knows too darn well what a pain it is. It is such a pity only women can experience this - (I for one would love a little revenge!!)
    Michael
    16th Jan 2013
    1:37pm
    I endured PMS for several years too, and it is very real! Got divorced and it went away. Bit of black humour-------couldn't resist, sorry!
    Reppie
    16th Jan 2013
    1:39pm
    LOL Michael, just wondering how much understanding your ex got at those times? Have a feeling I know already! Poor lady!
    Michael
    16th Jan 2013
    1:51pm
    Happily married, Reppie, I did say it was black humour....
    Michael
    16th Jan 2013
    6:26pm
    Should have said 'was'
    Reppie
    16th Jan 2013
    1:53pm
    Just wondering if your wife is reading this as we speak!! (or type anyway) Love the humour by the way - always good to have a laugh.
    student
    16th Jan 2013
    2:00pm
    Jen and Michael ... love your posts :) I don't mind being crappy for whatever reason, but to be told "It's just that time of the month for her" is likely to result in death. Condescending .. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr get out of my way, give me that shot gun, don't even think about me, what's your problem?? Me .... the damned PMS witch?? Nahhh ... but I will be next month. Keep pushing my buttons (and you'll pay big time!!) Come on, have you finished?? PMS all in my mind!!!??? OMG. gimme a break.

    I abso-bloody-lutely love being a woman :) :) Guys, trust woman NOT to lie about PMS ... it exists :) :)
    student
    16th Jan 2013
    2:06pm
    I forgot ... like Kaye said, PMS is a very debilitating condition. I have PMS most days and can't do housework, cook, iron, geee, all because of PMS. I am the eternal optimist and love my PMS :)

    editor's note .. I am only joking :)
    Michael
    16th Jan 2013
    2:15pm
    Seriously, this time, academics should know better than to even attempt any survey with only forty-seven studies never mind a survey such as this. Definitely not to be taken any more seriously than my attempt at 'black humour'
    student
    16th Jan 2013
    2:40pm
    Michael, I read the article and I thought it meant 47 different research studies which should involve thousands of women. Words are invented to cover new things (like PMS and psychiatry), but you are right, unless the research is very intense it will not be accepted.

    Reppie, further to Michael's post, ... IF the researchers were male, did they do their research when the women had PMS or was that beyond their bravery?? :) Oh Michael, I AM serious :) Only a fool or an suicidal man would approach a full-blown PMS woman :)

    As for your black humour,
    student
    16th Jan 2013
    5:54pm
    ooooops, I didn't finish this!!

    as for your black humour, I love it :)
    PlanB
    16th Jan 2013
    2:18pm
    Never had it myself but I am sure some women do
    student
    16th Jan 2013
    5:56pm
    anyone have a Plan B for PMS?? :)

    (loads of chocolates, loads of house help, loads of fantasies :) hmmmmmmm. I love being a woman :)
    student
    16th Jan 2013
    2:26pm
    I have just read the article by Jacqueline Maley
    Parliamentary Sketch Writer for the Sydney Morning Herald and I have to say I disagree with what she is saying. NOT all women get PMS but to say it does not exist is wrong. The 47 research programs on PMS may have been done only in Western countries, and the research not up to the psychiatrist's standards, but Psychiatry is only a reasonably new science too so should we question psychiatratic research too ?? I feel the concern about the validity of the research is worded incorrectly and should be more along the lines "...some women may experience mood/psychological or physical changes to the body during the menstrual cycle. .."

    OR is this the media again trying to stir us into bickering amongst ourselves? Is the article just to fill space??

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/pms-may-be-gone-but-women-are-in-no-mood-to-lose-anger-20130114-2cpnd.html#ixzz2I6XtDYku
    Michael
    16th Jan 2013
    2:44pm
    My Daily Paper ! There is nothing more amusing than an article by writers who have no background knowledge on the subject they are writing and are not going to spoil a story by lack of fact. More research should be made before going to print.
    JJ
    16th Jan 2013
    4:42pm
    This sounds reminiscent of another finding of days gone by - that dysmenorrhea was all in the mind. It is probably just as valid too! How can fluctuating hormones NOT have any effect on the woman, physically and emotionally? True, some no doubt can cope with it better than others can do, but to say it doesn't exist - hogwash!
    unicorn
    16th Jan 2013
    5:08pm
    What a load of nonsense I myself never had PMS or PMT which ever you like to say buy i know several friends who do suffer I think this is just something to give us something too
    do, as With a lot of these reports.
    Michael
    16th Jan 2013
    6:24pm
    And isn't it working well, here we all are !
    student
    16th Jan 2013
    5:51pm
    wasn't there a report 20-30 years ago about MALE menopause?? I'm sure there was 'cause I remember saying my (late) husband had ALL the symptoms and more!! Boy, talk about a bear with a sore head!! He had male PMS 365/12 :) Luckily our cycles did not over-lap each other :)
    Michael
    16th Jan 2013
    6:21pm
    Usual cycle shown by males in their PMS/MLC (MidLifeCrysis) is aHarley. Males have hormone problems too !!
    student
    16th Jan 2013
    10:56pm
    a friend's husband recently retired and she bought him a Harley ... to save her marriage she said :)
    unicorn
    17th Jan 2013
    6:55am
    I found the easiet way to save my marriage was for me to take off for Canada. I did go for six weeks & he has been good ever since Now & then he starts an argument out of nothing & I just simply say that I am sure Caroline ( my long standing girl friend in Canada ) would love to see me again.
    bluemoon
    17th Jan 2013
    9:00am
    It is real,sweats,mood swings are not pleasant,I don't know where these people get their
    info from.
    Precious
    17th Jan 2013
    1:46pm
    Having well past those years. (and I wouldnt want em back again) sex and the estrogen leveis are the problem here...teens driving everyone mad, and the woman will get entirely sick of all of this including hubby and seek change either with divorce or having an affair...and some men can experience this as well Its call the mid life crisi or the seven year itch.......it was called PMS but I think its far beyond that......for the want of another name for it.....we been swpopilt in the western world far too much money to spend, everywoman I know appears to have everything including really great husbands too, kids ruined and spoilt too...find a better job or just find a job then the fun starts lolol dressing to kill, losing weight, feeling urgey for another partner and so on and on......
    LeeLee
    17th Jan 2013
    6:38pm
    So pleased to have reached the menopause about 15 years ago after years of PMT .. Hooray No more ..the lost days through discomfort and headaches, swoollen body/not being able to concentrate.... and trying to keep smiling and working, and running a home, and travelling on public transport with the shopping. Just wanted to be normal self...
    So now.... into the HRT...to stop the sweats, creeping skin, and no sleep.....
    Still.....much happier now...... there is something to being a senior after all!
    Keep healthy, (no chance of being wealthy!) and wise....to all the good things we have in Australia....and to take time out to 'smell the roses".
    student
    20th Jan 2013
    11:29am
    Oh LeeLee, your post was interesting and then I read "... into the HRT ..." and had to laugh. I took HRT for about two months and it caused more problems .... big, NO HUGE boobs :) I didn't need shoulder aches and pains too so did it cold turkey, and would you believe, loved it!! I not only smell the rose but grow them too now :) Oh life sure is good :)
    Precious
    22nd Jan 2013
    12:45pm
    Yes interesting...but now you stopped the running and realise you don`t do all those things anymore running for busses shopping and a 101 other things anymore and your hormones are settled down......plus your consciousness to life......like breathing a huge sigh of relief.....Yoga is really good for many things relaxation I beliebe...lol
    Precious
    22nd Jan 2013
    12:45pm
    Yes interesting...but now you stopped the running and realise you don`t do all those things anymore running for busses shopping and a 101 other things anymore and your hormones are settled down......plus your consciousness to life......like breathing a huge sigh of relief.....Yoga is really good for many things relaxation I beliebe...lol
    Precious
    18th Jan 2013
    1:51am
    Yes I understand where you at...myself its aches and pains which are manageable but the hot sweats still keep coming...My Grandmother once told me that when a woman has these in menapause (and not all women have them evidently) you have them for the rest of your life and actually guite good for you...I sweat profusely these days especially in the heat of the summer here in Western Australia....but I`m pretty good for my age healthy and happy too.....Gran said that every hot sweat was llike a gold sovereign...lol
    student
    20th Jan 2013
    11:36am
    your G/mother's advice seems so right, although I think she may have meant every sweat COSTS a gold sovereign :) Isn't it interesting the information related by the elderly. My body thermometer is damaged so I over heat even in winter. I've never thought to use the PMT reason :)

    18th Jan 2013
    10:21am
    47 studies in English studies, pity it didn't mention the survival rates of the different researches. Says more about academics living in cloud cookoo land than in the real world.
    student
    20th Jan 2013
    11:42am
    I don't understand your posting vivity. The research was about PMT in women but not about the life expectancy. Or did you mean "... the survival rates of the different researcheRS ..." ? :)
    Anonymous
    20th Jan 2013
    11:47pm
    "Student I meant "survival rates of the different researchers" if they questioned or queried the actual effect or validity of PMS to any of the women who had PMS they might not have survived as you pointed out they would be quite angry. The article says the 47 studies were flawed and then it appears to base opinions themselves on the same flawed studies. Personally I believe some women suffer greatly from PMS while some sail along unaffected and with no empathy for the women who do, same with the menopause. It would be difficult to formulate a study which is not biased either way and Independant of the researchers biological and hormonal make-up making them either ask sympathetic or unsympathetic questions which would give a false picture.
    student
    22nd Jan 2013
    9:13am
    ahh thanks for that vivity. I fail to see why PMT/PMS can not be real. There are so many auto-immune problems that are caused by an unbalanced thyroid, so maybe the research will be accepted more easily if (another) reason can be found and not haywire hormones.

    20th Jan 2013
    4:23pm
    Of course it is real. It exists and is due to those hormones as even male doctors agree. Some women suffer terribly others not so much, all par for the course but to say doesn't - well these days they lie all of them - money in it somewhere you can bet on that for sure. After all look at the lies on Global Warming and the money being ripped off us all in its name when we have been cooling last 16 years following the natural warming after last ice age, all cycles of nature and so is PMS a cycle of nature. Blooming lefties cant stop mucking us about can they silly sods and some are women too. Now thinking about it - they want rid of the glass ceiling and of course PMS comes up, even if the males don't want to acknowledge it, when putting a woman up for a position on the Board for instance, and so getting PMS out of the way may well be the lefts agenda on dismantling that glass ceiling once and for all - you think about it. Cant think otherwise why it even came up.
    Crazy Horse
    20th Jan 2013
    11:35pm
    Any man who has been in a long term relationship with a woman knowsthat PMS is real, very, very real!
    student
    22nd Jan 2013
    9:16am
    do I detect a slight sense of fear?? :) Be aware Crazy, be aware and be afraid :) :) :)
    Precious
    22nd Jan 2013
    12:41pm
    Hahahahaha probably u right...but where are the cures to alleviate this monstrous thing.......
    unicorn
    21st Jan 2013
    3:02pm
    and don't forget that the reverse is oh so true Crazy Horse.
    Precious
    22nd Jan 2013
    12:37pm
    PMT the pre menstrual cycle problem is REAL I may apologise for that but some do not apparently have it...now it may be suicidal feelings then, absolutely terrible moods almost cat fights and treating the main man in a dreadful fashion.....once knew someone who changed character as well and hardly ever spoke to her mother unless she was forced too....feelings of guilt or hatred????? Some take swiss vits or the like for women which seems to help have women down thru the ages had this complaint then......I read somewhere that men may have had their wives committed for being with PMT I know they did with the change or the climeractic.....Charles Dickens or Sherlock Homes times.....sounds like being a woman isnt a very nice thing to be.....a friend of mine told me he definately had some change of life when he was 50.......lololol


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