Myths and facts about PMS


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Myths and facts about PMS

Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, refers to a wide range of physical or emotional symptoms that typically occur about 5 to 11 days before a woman starts her monthly menstrual cycle.

The symptoms usually stop when menstruation begins, or shortly thereafter. The exact cause of PMS has not been identified. Changes in brain hormone levels may play a role, but this isn't scientific fact. There are so many myths surrounding the PMS phase for women, some used by women for their advantage and others by men for theirs! It's time we busted these myths and revealed the facts about PMS - the most dreaded time of the month!

Myth: PMS is not real; it's all in the head


The physiological symptoms of PMS range from depression, general feeling of sorrow, being irritable, also having mood swings. All these symptoms are related to the release of estrogen and progesterone, which are very essential female hormones. For each individual, the symptoms vary from minor to life altering for a few days, physically and emotionally. This happens to all women at some times and to some women all the time. It certainly begins with the head but in a different way altogether. PMS is real, just not as all-encompassing as it's perceived to be.

Myth: A woman has no control over her emotions when she is PMSing.


Feeling a sudden surge of emotions and uncalled for tears happen only when a woman is PMSing, which could result from hormonal upheavals that are yet to be explained by science. But this certainly can be controlled. When you know the reason is PMS, being emotionally cautious should help you get though without trauma. Experts suggest that if a person is mindful of mood triggers, the moods themselves can be controlled.

Myth: PMS can be treated by eating chocolate


Though most women want to believe this is true, it isn't. Chocolate is a mood enhancer, yes. The sugar in it gives a sudden surge of energy which could be much needed at this time, but this dies down as fast as it builds up. It works wonders for temporary relief but is not a treatment for PMS. Drinking water and eating small meals at regular intervals helps reduce water retention and the feeling of bloating due to over eating. Rely on that instead of binge eating chocolates that'll only make the bloating worse.

Myth: Women can get aggressive or hostile even, while PMSing


Women might get clumsy and also a little forgetful at this time, perhaps. Some even experience sluggishness and lethargy. But aggressiveness and hostility is taking it a little too far. If there are any such occurrences consulting a doctor is mandatory.

Myth: Exercising while PMSing is a bad idea


On the contrary, exercising actually helps reduce the nuisance caused by PMS. Being regular with exercise reduces the physical effects of PMS. A study conducted by Duke University Medical Center, Durham, U.S.A. proved that participation in aerobic exercises was associated with general improvement in many premenstrual syndrome symptoms. Exercising not just keeps you fit, but also helps you maintain emotional balance. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle always has it benefits.

While no lab tests or scientific data supports the right or wrong methods to dealing with PMS,
here's our simple solution...

For women:

When the temperature of the air conditioner just cannot be set to perfect, your coffee is either too hot or too cold, and being polite or patient becomes a chore, just remember - It isn't your man's fault.

For men:

PMS does not come with warning bells therefore if your woman is acting a little touchy, irritable or cranky, chance are she is PMSing. 'Kindly adjust' are the magic words!
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