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Is PMS real?

Or is it all imagined?

When I was in college, I had a professor who was very certain in saying that PMS is not real.  He stated that it is merely a myth, and that women who claim to have experienced it are all basically just imagining it.  As you probably can already guess, my professor was a male.  Therefore, he obviously never had any first-hand experience with PMS.  Instead, he supposedly came to this conclusion after reading a study from somewhere—a study that I am fairly certain was conducted and written by a man.

As a female, I can tell you from first-hand experience that PMS is real.  Every month, during that time in my cycle, my cramps would become extremely uncomfortable and my head would start to ache.  In fact, at one point in my life, I was even prescribed prescription strength medication to lessen the symptoms.  Besides physical pain, I also experience plenty of other monthly ailments. 

All of my clothes become snug as I am about to get my period, and the bloating only goes away after I have used my last tampon for the month.  Also, I am more emotional right before my period.  And no, that is not an excuse to act moody.  It is something that I have actually tracked over the years.  My biggest arguments have almost always happened during that time of the month.  Except I don’t blame the PMS for words getting out of hand, I just suffer the consequences. 

Although I would not go as far as to say that every woman experiences PMS symptoms, I am extremely appalled by a male professor lecturing about how the whole PMS thing is a myth.  Science does not currently know everything, and not every study can be duplicated.  Therefore, it is not right for a male professor to brush off millions of women’s sufferings as merely psychological and unreal.