October 22, 2012

Do You REALLY Want to go There?

Have you heard this one yet? Researchers are challenging the notion that the PMS related moodiness is more of a fallacy than a fact? Really? Do you REALLY want to go there? In other words, that week I suffer through every month (yes for me, it's about a week), the same week where I find myself crying because I can't get my arm through the arm hole of a sweater...is all in my head? Not bloody likely (pun intended)!

The latest health news headlines http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2012/10/18/premenstrual-syndrome-mood-hormones.html suggest monthly related moodiness can be a result of the usual chronic stress and physical health stuff...not the circulation of crazy-ass hormones due to PMS. All I can say is it is a good thing some of these researchers are women (if they were men, I'm sure they would be stripped naked and tied to a stake in the middle of town square).

How did they come to this finding? From what I can guess they reviewed the literature on PMS, moodiness, and hormonal changes and found they were inclusive combined with asking 14 women to record how they feeling during the month...and that's it.

Now I do realize that men throughout the ages have automatically assumed we must be "on our period" if we are demonstrating such extreme or pronounced emotion. There's no way that a rational person would act like this so the blame must rest on "aunt flo".  I, myself, when riding down my own shame spiral, have been known to blame it on my period...when it was just a shame spiral. So perhaps there is some psycho-somatic stuff going on...but please, live the life of a premenstrual woman for longer than a month and we'll talk.

There's also this theory I have heard of (yet scared of being true) that PMS opens up a woman's ability to truly feel what she may be withholding from herself and others. The few days a month is like a door opening to our souls and allowing our real emotions to come out (I'm guessing the sheer suggestion makes hard scientist cringe...but what do we really know about PMS? ).

Whatever the cause....moodiness due to PMS is real and I will not believe otherwise unless I see a research study on a large population of women (varied lifestyles, ages, body types) and over a longer "period" of time.  Until then, I will continue to rely on my Snuggie, chocolate stash, pain killers, and waterbottle (while watching my "menstral" movies (You know the ones...Beaches, Terms of Endearment, the usual tear-you-heart-out, cry-in-your-pillow stuff).

Meanwhile, female readers, do not be influenced by this "finding"...you are not crazy, you are not overemotional, you are merely experiencing what 51% of the world's popuation is experience...although rarely talked about for fear of grossing out the men-folk.

k  

6 comments:

  1. The few days monthly is like a entrance starting to our spirits and enabling our actual feelings to come out (I'm wondering the actual recommendation creates hard researcher wince...but what do we really know about PMS? ).

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  2. I, myself, when riding down my own shame spiral, have been known to blame it on my period...when it was just a shame spiral. So perhaps there is some psycho-somatic stuff going on...but please, live the life of a premenstrual woman for longer than a month and we'll talk.

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  3. There's no way that a logical individual would act like this so the fault must relax on "aunt flo". I, myself, when driving down my own pity control, have been known responsible it on my interval...when it was just a pity control.

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  4. All I can say is it is a great factor some of these scientists are females (if they were men, I'm sure they would be removed undressed and linked with a share in the center of city square).

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