What is wrong?
PMS: it’s a bitch, right? Well, no… apparently not. According to some members of the scientific world, PMS is a myth. It’s a fabricated disorder. Sorry, women of the world, but supposedly we’re making it all up.
A few years ago, a study by the University of Toronto found there is "no clear link between women’s negative moods and the pre-menstrual phase of their cycles". After analysing 41 previous studies that tracked women’s emotional states through their menstrual cycles, they concluded PMS doesn’t exist.
This isn’t the first study to produce this result. In 2012, a New Zealand research team, led by Dr Sarah Romans on the University of Otago, reviewed 47 studies into PMS. Eighty five per cent of them found no link between a woman's menstrual cycle and mood. Surprisingly, nine per cent of the studies reviewed found the subjects' worst moods occurred outside their premenstrual phase.
So if it’s all a lie, why is it that 90 per cent of Australian women are claiming to experience at least one symptom of PMS during most months of the year? Why, then, do I seem to cry every single month for a reason that's entirely unclear to me? (Post continues after video.)