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(Time)   Sorry honey, scientists say PMS is a myth. Don't kill the messenger   (healthland.time.com) divider line 80
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2012-10-23 12:38:04 PM
I think the scientist are not looking into the larger picture of how hormone cycles effect emotion cycle. I personally think the name PMS is not a good title to what happens to me on a monthly basis.
 
2012-10-23 12:53:14 PM

johnny queso:
if i don't realize what is happening and get snippy in return, i spend the next 2-3 days being reminded about every shortcoming and personal failing of the last 11 years.


You just described most marriages. It has nothing to do with PMS.
 
2012-10-23 12:59:22 PM
TFA doesn't say PMS doesn't exist, just that it isn't necessarily connected to hormonal levels associated with menstruation.
 
2012-10-23 01:05:07 PM
I don't get PMS but I do get "all out nuclear war, pain so bad it's blinding and makes me actually vomit" about once or twice a year. Most times I just get "plain old pain so bad I feel like vomiting." I don't go on homicidal rages though but people avoid me because they think I have the flu and could catch it from me. So much for "growing out of it" like the doctor said. Also, my male gym teacher always accused me of faking sick in grade 9, even when I would literally turn white and get the shakes like a junkie on withdrawal in front of him. Bastard gave me a low mark too.

/sorry for the TMI
 
2012-10-23 01:23:49 PM

Smelly Pirate Hooker: Thanks goodness men never use their hormones as an excuse to act like assholes. They're quite an inspiration.

I was especially inspired by that guy who went into a spa and killed 3 people (and injured 3 others) because his wife got a restraining order against him.


Hormones/=homicidal rage
 
2012-10-23 01:29:46 PM

Evil Canadian: I fall into the severe PMS category of PMDD. I haven't kept track of my cycles for about 15 years now, because I really have no reason to, but there is always that reminder every month, when I become suicidal or homicidal. Fortunately for me, medication helps enough that I can function. It does exist, and studies show some genetic connection with estrogen receptors.

It's so bad that I can cry over a good thing happening, or a bad thing happening, or nothing happening, or my shoe being untied, or my knapsack zipper unzipped. It was the same way when I was pregnant too, so I guess I am just really sensitive to some hormonal changes.

What's funny is that the headline doesn't suggest PMS is a myth for everybody. It's a myth for some people. Meanwhile, my wife has never had PMS, but she had horrible during menstrual symptoms. I don't know how many people PMS does actually affect, but there is no question there are some of us who are overly affected by hormonal changes.


What just happened here??

/Lesbian sighting?
 
2012-10-23 01:34:40 PM
Is PMS a Myth?
Ian say 'No'
 
2012-10-23 01:43:56 PM

gulogulo: This Looks Fun: My wife never knows when hers is coming and she's never PMS-like before it.

Is she on the pill? Or really is just that irregular naturally?


I'm certainly that irregular. So is my PMS.

/It usually has a cluster of symptoms, but they're pretty up-in-the-air
//Partly because food cravings are, in fact, linked to vitamins. And I forget to take vitamins on a regular basis. Because I'm smart.
 
2012-10-23 01:45:16 PM

homarjr: Evil Canadian: I fall into the severe PMS category of PMDD. I haven't kept track of my cycles for about 15 years now, because I really have no reason to, but there is always that reminder every month, when I become suicidal or homicidal. Fortunately for me, medication helps enough that I can function. It does exist, and studies show some genetic connection with estrogen receptors.

It's so bad that I can cry over a good thing happening, or a bad thing happening, or nothing happening, or my shoe being untied, or my knapsack zipper unzipped. It was the same way when I was pregnant too, so I guess I am just really sensitive to some hormonal changes.

What's funny is that the headline doesn't suggest PMS is a myth for everybody. It's a myth for some people. Meanwhile, my wife has never had PMS, but she had horrible during menstrual symptoms. I don't know how many people PMS does actually affect, but there is no question there are some of us who are overly affected by hormonal changes.

What just happened here??

/Lesbian sighting?


You're not alone. My eyes narrowed, i sat up in my seat and read it 3 times. That's all i could come up with too.
 
2012-10-23 01:48:13 PM

gulogulo: I still think it exists. For me, running up to about 4 days prior to my period starting, I start getting really sensitive. Like, I'll be reading Hallmark cards in Walgreens and start choking up. A schmaltzy commercial will drive me to tears. This doesn't happen any other time of the month except for then, and even when I am not paying attention to my cycle to have the effect of 'anticipating' it. The minute my period starts, all of the tumultuous emotions also stop as suddenly as they began. If I was angry, or obsessing about something it would stop.


hell, I've been like this for a couple of years now. Some days worse, some days not so bad. I think it's menopause. And my periods have always been irregular, so it has nothing to do with "anticipating" anything. Do these people think that hormones don't exist? It's been proven that our hormones wax and wane periodically.

Then sorry, guys, you can't attribute anything you do to testosterone. No fighting, no looking at boobs, no arguing on the internet for hours. Your hormones are no excuse.
 
2012-10-23 02:10:53 PM
PMS is a true thing that basically gets used as a scapegoat whenever a woman does anything ever.
 
2012-10-23 03:58:41 PM
A question for the ladies. Do you have any non-painful, yet physical changes (for lack of a better word) that occur before the period begins? My wife had an odd one, that strangely still occurs even though she doesn't have periods any more. She would get very clumsy just before it started. Occasionally tripping, walking into furniture, and especially dropping things. After her hysterectomy, it still happened. She sat down with a calendar, and sure enough, it was happening about when she expected her period to start. Weird. I learned not to taunt her during these events. Saying "No honey, it's left-right, left-right" after she tripped was not my best idea.
 
2012-10-23 04:57:10 PM

SquiggsIN: Skarekrough: Prank Monkey: Has anyone experienced the a very drunk, PMSing, angry girlfriend? I have experienced all three separately but this was the first time for the triple-header of pure evil.

/I need to buy all new dishes.

I wouldn't be surprised if Insurance Claims forms have have a section specifically for incidents like that.

No but I got the PMSing, drunk, horny trifecta last night from my g/f. was a welcome change from PMSing, angry, and judgmental.


High Five! I got that this weekend from my GF. Then she's reverted to PMSing, angry, and judgmental last night.

/wait you aren't me are you?
//GET OUT OF MY HEAD
 
2012-10-23 07:00:40 PM
It's not so much a myth as it is a, what do you call that, a persistent condition?
 
2012-10-23 07:21:16 PM
it's real. it's different for every woman, but it's real. i can pinpoint when mine starts and i warn all the men around me. i get a feeling of "oh sh*t, here it is." yeah. myth. bite me.

/i would like to have the money spent on this pointlessness deposited directly into my bank account plz
 
2012-10-23 07:37:19 PM

Rickenbacker: A question for the ladies. Do you have any non-painful, yet physical changes (for lack of a better word) that occur before the period begins? My wife had an odd one, that strangely still occurs even though she doesn't have periods any more. She would get very clumsy just before it started. Occasionally tripping, walking into furniture, and especially dropping things. After her hysterectomy, it still happened. She sat down with a calendar, and sure enough, it was happening about when she expected her period to start. Weird. I learned not to taunt her during these events. Saying "No honey, it's left-right, left-right" after she tripped was not my best idea.


I get really tired, like narcoleptic tired, and clumsy. Always have. the tired is one day, and the clumsy is two or three days.
 
2012-10-23 07:38:31 PM

5monkeys: Rickenbacker: A question for the ladies. Do you have any non-painful, yet physical changes (for lack of a better word) that occur before the period begins? My wife had an odd one, that strangely still occurs even though she doesn't have periods any more. She would get very clumsy just before it started. Occasionally tripping, walking into furniture, and especially dropping things. After her hysterectomy, it still happened. She sat down with a calendar, and sure enough, it was happening about when she expected her period to start. Weird. I learned not to taunt her during these events. Saying "No honey, it's left-right, left-right" after she tripped was not my best idea.

I get really tired, like narcoleptic tired, and clumsy. Always have. the tired is one day, and the clumsy is two or three days.


But i don't get mood swings, so yay me.

/ dropping stuff sure hurts your toes.
 
2012-10-23 07:42:27 PM
It's odd, I never really hear women blaming their PMS for stuff. Granted I don't spend much time with other women. However, I do hear a lot of men make comments like "Oh she must be PMS'ing." So I'm not sure where this whole idea that women blame their PMS for being a biatch came from. I'm sure some do, probably younger ones, but you certainly can't say all women do that.
 
2012-10-23 07:52:19 PM

Rickenbacker: A question for the ladies. Do you have any non-painful, yet physical changes (for lack of a better word) that occur before the period begins? My wife had an odd one, that strangely still occurs even though she doesn't have periods any more. She would get very clumsy just before it started. Occasionally tripping, walking into furniture, and especially dropping things. After her hysterectomy, it still happened. She sat down with a calendar, and sure enough, it was happening about when she expected her period to start. Weird. I learned not to taunt her during these events. Saying "No honey, it's left-right, left-right" after she tripped was not my best idea.


I am allergic to metal right before and during my period. My jewelry doesn't bother me until a week before my cycle. If I don't take off my rings off right before my period, they will cause a blistering rash.
 
2012-10-23 09:01:38 PM
Lightbulbs blow out over my head on the first day of my period more than any other day. Sometimes one bulb after another. It's annoying, but it beats the pants off the freakish estrogen rages of puberty.
 
2012-10-23 09:14:03 PM

bunner: Women. They sure complain a lot.


grublikeagirl.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-10-24 01:23:05 AM
It's real, man
 
2012-10-24 07:03:40 AM
Husband does outrageously dumb shiat and then when I get mad.he thinks it's PMS. Men do dumb shiat and then blame PMS-hell, if I had been PMSing all those times, I would have bled to death by now.
Dullard testosteronies.
 
2012-10-24 07:30:20 AM

Rickenbacker: A question for the ladies. Do you have any non-painful, yet physical changes (for lack of a better word) that occur before the period begins? My wife had an odd one, that strangely still occurs even though she doesn't have periods any more. She would get very clumsy just before it started. Occasionally tripping, walking into furniture, and especially dropping things. After her hysterectomy, it still happened. She sat down with a calendar, and sure enough, it was happening about when she expected her period to start. Weird. I learned not to taunt her during these events. Saying "No honey, it's left-right, left-right" after she tripped was not my best idea.


I still break out like a teenager. I get really tired. REALLY tired. And I'll gain about 2 lbs, and lose them right afterwards. And, I have the same neato trick of being famished and never full.
 
2012-10-24 08:07:42 AM

Bronzemom: Husband does outrageously dumb shiat and then when I get mad.he thinks it's PMS. Men do dumb shiat and then blame PMS-hell, if I had been PMSing all those times, I would have bled to death by now.
Dullard testosteronies.


I heartily encourage women who believe that all men are doppish, thick, useless sitcom husbands to avoid men at all costs. I promise this will work out for all concerned. : )
 
2012-10-24 11:15:12 AM
Good lawd. Not to be a sexist pig, but damn...glad to be a man.
 
2012-10-24 11:31:15 AM

Rickenbacker: Good lawd. Not to be a sexist pig, but damn...glad to be a man.


I remember when I was 11 and got my first period, I asked my mother, "When does this sort of thing stop happening?" and she said "When you hit menopause."

From then on, I was anxiously awaiting menopause, under the false impression that I got my life back after that. Of course, I now know things get even worse then! Fun, fun.
 
2012-10-24 11:35:34 AM

CapeFearCadaver: I've never gotten PRE-menstrual syndrome; but plain ole menstrual syndrome, you betcha! The debilitating cramps, the tears for sappy commercials, feelings getting hurt a touch too easily...

One of my sisters, on the other hand, turns into a she-biatch yogi-SMASH 4 days prior and maintains for the following week.


I'd be willing to bet she's no picnic the rest of the month either..
 
2012-10-24 12:39:14 PM

gulogulo: Rickenbacker: A question for the ladies. Do you have any non-painful, yet physical changes (for lack of a better word) that occur before the period begins? My wife had an odd one, that strangely still occurs even though she doesn't have periods any more. She would get very clumsy just before it started. Occasionally tripping, walking into furniture, and especially dropping things. After her hysterectomy, it still happened. She sat down with a calendar, and sure enough, it was happening about when she expected her period to start. Weird. I learned not to taunt her during these events. Saying "No honey, it's left-right, left-right" after she tripped was not my best idea.

I still break out like a teenager. I get really tired. REALLY tired. And I'll gain about 2 lbs, and lose them right afterwards. And, I have the same neato trick of being famished and never full.



Yeah, I also get "bottomless pit syndrome" and I get very tired. Also, very very horny.

I luckily don't really get mood swings except once when I was 16. I remember my dad asked me to clean living room and I felt unreasonably angry about that and then, I as I stuffed papers into boxes I suddenly felt very depressed. I never actually said anything to anyone but I soon noticed that my whole family had suddenly found something pressing to do outside and I started to cry because It upset me that everyone was avoiding me. Then I realized what was happening and I sort of laughed at myself and made an effort the rest of the day to lighten up. I was usually a pretty nice and cheerful kid so I must have scared the crap out of my parents and brother that day.

Since then, it's just the usual "I napped through lunch, ate too much halloween candy and by now, Hubby, you should know better than to be wearing anything to bed tonight..."
 
2012-10-24 01:17:11 PM

tiamet4: gulogulo: Rickenbacker: A question for the ladies. Do you have any non-painful, yet physical changes (for lack of a better word) that occur before the period begins? My wife had an odd one, that strangely still occurs even though she doesn't have periods any more. She would get very clumsy just before it started. Occasionally tripping, walking into furniture, and especially dropping things. After her hysterectomy, it still happened. She sat down with a calendar, and sure enough, it was happening about when she expected her period to start. Weird. I learned not to taunt her during these events. Saying "No honey, it's left-right, left-right" after she tripped was not my best idea.

I still break out like a teenager. I get really tired. REALLY tired. And I'll gain about 2 lbs, and lose them right afterwards. And, I have the same neato trick of being famished and never full.


Yeah, I also get "bottomless pit syndrome" and I get very tired. Also, very very horny.

I luckily don't really get mood swings except once when I was 16. I remember my dad asked me to clean living room and I felt unreasonably angry about that and then, I as I stuffed papers into boxes I suddenly felt very depressed. I never actually said anything to anyone but I soon noticed that my whole family had suddenly found something pressing to do outside and I started to cry because It upset me that everyone was avoiding me. Then I realized what was happening and I sort of laughed at myself and made an effort the rest of the day to lighten up. I was usually a pretty nice and cheerful kid so I must have scared the crap out of my parents and brother that day.

Since then, it's just the usual "I napped through lunch, ate too much halloween candy and by now, Hubby, you should know better than to be wearing anything to bed tonight..."


Yeah, I do get the mood swings, but as I got older they have stabilized to be entirely predictable. And they do stop IMMEDIATELY when the bleeding starts.

I get horny too, but usually it's the day or two after my period stops.
 
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