‘Expert’ claims PMS is fabricated by Western culture

‘Expert’ claims PMS is fabricated by Western culture
Men experiencing menstrual cramps. (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[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.

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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.

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