[Ed. – Dear Diary, today is Wednesday. What can I blame today on the evils of western culture?]
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a myth, according to an expert who said that social conditioning in Western society makes women falsely attribute their emotions to their hormones.
Speaking on the Clue Hormonal podcast, Jane Usher, a professor of women’s health psychology at Western Sydney University, said that women from other cultures do not report many emotional signs of PMS.
She said that a long-standing ‘pathologising discourse’ – dating back to the 20th century – is the reason many women believe they’re having symptoms.
According to Jane, all women experience emotional distress throughout their cycle, however they will attribute it to their periods if they are pre-menstrual, rather than blaming things like their relationship or work life.
‘What we know is that symptoms and illnesses are always culturally located,’ she explained.