If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Time)   Sorry honey, scientists say PMS is a myth. Don't kill the messenger   (healthland.time.com) divider line 19
    More: Unlikely, PMS, University of Otago  
•       •       •

6417 clicks; posted to Main » on 23 Oct 2012 at 10:32 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



Voting Results (Smartest)
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


Archived thread
2012-10-23 10:39:25 AM
8 votes:
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.

I'm not saying the scientist are wrong, but the study doesn't prove that PMS is a myth. It is possible that not every woman experiences it to the same degree or in the same way as others. Some people may be very sensitive to the hormonal changes. It may be a myth only that every woman will be moody during that time, but there's nothing in that study to suggest that the hormones do not effect some women's emotions more than others.
2012-10-23 10:29:01 AM
5 votes:
Been married for 18 years. You're wrong this time, science.
2012-10-23 11:00:37 AM
3 votes:
the girlfriend is completely awesome with the exception of about 20 minutes per month. those 20 minutes lead to the weirdest non-sequitur commments imaginable.

gf: "what do you want to do this weekend. should we ride bicyc...WHY ARE YOU WEARING THAT SHIRT?!"

as long as i see it for what it is and just keep my mouth shut, it passes uneventfully. 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.
2012-10-23 10:42:24 AM
3 votes:

super_grass: Maybe so many women exhibit PMS symtoms only because women are conditioned to think that it's inevitable and men are conditioned to expect it.


Yeah, that doesn't explain why people still have the symptoms when they aren't actually aware they are about to go through their cycle. If it was in me to cry at hallmark cards and make a fool of myself in Walgreens, that would be something that I wouldn't be 'working myself up to' on just a four day period out of the month. It'd be something you would see more often.
2012-10-23 10:45:28 AM
2 votes:
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.
2012-10-23 10:39:43 AM
2 votes:
Summary: Sometimes people have bad moods, but not all the time. Sometimes those moods are due to chemical changes in the body, but not all the time. Sometimes the chemical changes are due to menstruation. Sometimes the chemical changes cause differently timed moods changes.
2012-10-23 03:58:41 PM
1 votes:
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 12:33:38 PM
1 votes:
So is the female orgasm.
2012-10-23 11:34:49 AM
1 votes:
Concur that the changes in hormones can and do cause discomfort, but the severity certainly varies, and/or the PRECEPTION of the severity varies. Before I got on birth control (I know, I'm such a slut), every month there were a couple of days of noticeable symptoms. The severity ranged from annoying to GAWD KILL ME. At the risk of sounding fat, during this time I also gained the power to eat without feeling full. I also acknowledge, though, that I may have viewed bad symptoms to be worse while going through stress on the job or something.

However, whenever I felt like a Goodyear blimp or my insides were imploding, I sucked it up or removed myself. Never took it out on someone. Bad behavior is bad behavior, and there is no excuse for disrespect even when you are in pain. Obscenities are one thing-- when cramps come on it can be like stubbing your toe and reflexively yelling fark is understandable. Same remedy applies-- take some Motrin and lie down. But going on the rampage to put the fear of god into your loved ones? That's 100% bratty melodrama.
2012-10-23 11:08:46 AM
1 votes:
so basically, roughly 85% of women are just manipulative biatches?
2012-10-23 11:07:39 AM
1 votes:
Only 15% of the studies found that women tended to have "classic" PMS: moods that worsened as the menstrual period approached and lifted when menstruation occurred. An additional 38% found PMS that lasted into menstruation or another cycle phase.

Let's see, 15% + 38% = 53%

The majority of studies found that PMS existed, therefore, it is a myth.
2012-10-23 11:06:43 AM
1 votes:
TFA: However, a further 38% of the studies found no association between mood and any particular phase of the cycle. And 9% found that the worst moods actually occurred outside of the premenstrual phase. That means that little more than half of the studies (53%) found any link between menstruation and bad mood, and 85% didn't find classic PMS.

Or, reading this the other way:
62% of the studies found an association between mood and a particular phase of the cycle. While only 15% occurred during the "classic" PMS period, 47% of the studies found a link between menstruation and bad mood, thus proving the existence of an effect.

/lies, damn lies, and statistics
2012-10-23 11:03:54 AM
1 votes:
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.
2012-10-23 11:02:35 AM
1 votes:
As the article mentioned briefly, males can have similar responses to swings in testosterone. It happens to me, and after nine years, it's synchronized with my girlfriend pretty well.

I do appreciate that when I watch some episode of a TV comedy and suddenly feel that I really understand how it feels to have that happen to me *sniff*, I can go and ask her if we're PMSing. The answer? Almost invariably a resounding "yes".
2012-10-23 10:53:46 AM
1 votes:
I don't know if it's real or it isn't, but I pretty much knew that if my mother bought a bag of Oreos home from the store and it was already opened, I should probably just leave her alone for a few days.
2012-10-23 10:50:18 AM
1 votes:

This Looks Fun: Summary: Sometimes people have bad moods, but not all the time. Sometimes those moods are due to chemical changes in the body, but not all the time. Sometimes the chemical changes are due to menstruation. Sometimes the chemical changes cause differently timed moods changes.


Sounds right. My physical symptoms during the standard PMS timeframe certainly overwhelm any emotional ones I might have, but I know plenty of women whose physical symptoms aren't as bad as mine, and I'm sure there are plenty who have intense emotional symptoms. Biological diversity!
2012-10-23 10:41:06 AM
1 votes:
3.bp.blogspot.com
2012-10-23 10:39:53 AM
1 votes:
Maybe so many women exhibit PMS symtoms only because women are conditioned to think that it's inevitable and men are conditioned to expect it.

Sort of like how we think being cold leads to having colds.
2012-10-23 10:35:26 AM
1 votes:
mysticcat:

Been married for 18 years. You're wrong this time, science.

Yeah well I've had PMS for 18 years. Science is irrelevant.
 
Displayed 19 of 19 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report