PMS has been the butt of most jokes in television shows, viral videos, you name it. Comics love to take a dig at PMS too. But can you really trust that information coming from men?
PMS, or Premenstrual Syndrome, has been this mythical creature that has continued to escape men's understanding since time immemorial. There are so many different ideas that surround PMS. People whisper about it like PMS is Voldemort's cousin: talking about it feels like it's almost forbidden!
But let's not get that wrong. People do talk about PMS. But in an almost comical sense. It's been the butt of most jokes in television shows, viral videos, you name it. Comics love to take a dig at PMS too. But can you really trust that information coming from men, can you?
The conversation around menstrual health is now shifting. More and more women are open to discussing their cycles, not just with other women, but with men as well. But there are a few out there that need a little more convincing than the others. PMS can be the root of many mood swings, amongst other symptoms. We're going to bust a few myths about PMS for you.
Fun fact: not all women are auto-synced to rage at specific times of the month. Women don't experience the same PMS symptoms. Some women don't even go through any premenstrual symptoms. It varies for women. While some experience an obvious hormonal imbalance, others might have a hard time with cramps, body aches, or tender breasts.
Fun fact: Women don't just produce estrogen, our ovaries also produce small amounts of testosterone as well. Studies have proved time and time again that testosterone causes rage. Heard of 'roid rage? It's because of the rise in testosterone.
This one's factually true. Women do go through hormonal changes just before their period. Many women feel very irritable, cranky, withdrawn, social withdrawal, lethargy, and fatigue. There's also the fact that we get sick and tired of men assuming our emotions.
Fun fact: Men also face hormonal imbalances. Your first thought may be: but men don't experience periods! The truth is that hormonal fluctuations are very common in men as well. Men go through Irritable Male Syndrome or IMS for short. Think of it as PMS but with testosterone being the main factor.
Fun fact: Women reach for chocolate bars to deal with their bodies' increased needs for calories. A study showed that women tend to increase their calorie intake when they experience premenstrual symptoms. The reason why we reach for chocolate is that it contains sugar, small amounts of caffeine, and the magical ability to soothe our souls.
Fun fact: Women don't have their period when they are PMSing. The general assumption is that PMS and periods go hand in hand but the truth is that PMS is something that happens before a woman gets her period. Typically, a woman may face premenstrual symptoms a few days or a week before her actual period.
Fun fact: All mammals go through a menstruation cycle. Studies have found that mammals tend to have a hormonal spike before their menstrual cycle and before menopause. This spike indicates that even animals can experience premenstrual symptoms.
Fun fact: Not all women believe in PMS! Robin Stein DeLuca, who is a researcher, wrote a book titled 'The Hormone Myth' which argues that women don't face PMS and that it is used as an excuse to further stigmatize women and their bodies. However, the main objective behind DeLuca's book was to "encourage people to be skeptical when they read about PMS."
PMS does lead to fluctuating hormones and moods. But the effects of it can be physiological as well. Many women may experience mood swings, but many others may experience bloating, body ache, tender breasts, lower-backache, and fatigue.
Fun fact: The saying 'you are what you eat' is true. Eating clean is imperative, but we tend to reach for the high-calorie snacks during our PMS. Our bodies also crave for sugar which can be momentarily comforting but will make you crash pretty hard. Sticking to fresh foods like vegetables, fruits, and healthy proteins will help balance your hormones out.
Fun fact: Premenstruation can turn into Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder or PMDD. This is usually caused by a very high hormonal imbalance that can affect the biochemistry of a woman's brains. PMDD is an uglier version of PMS, so if you feel like you are going through PMDD, then please seek a medical professional's advice.