Is PMS real? Some experts say… maybe not? I know. Try not to experience the same sudden feeling of rage that I felt when I read that sentence. There are apparently a lot of experts out there who question the validity of pre-menstrual syndrome – they call it a culture-bound syndrome, which basically means that it is diagnosed based on how society thinks women should behave when they get their period and not on actual biological reasoning.
It’s a little confusing, because it doesn’t actually mean that PMS is not a real disease. What it means is that, in the words of one Jezebel writer, women are “being told that they have PMS as a sort of convenient excuse for their moods, which aren’t particularly agreeable.”
Um, I don’t know about you girls, but for me, PMS has always been a very real syndrome that has nothing to do with me making excuses for my moody behavior. While I can completely understand how it can be used as an easy out, I know it can always be something you can’t control. I’ve dealt with so many horrible PMS symptoms that are exhausting. So, here are 10 ways you can tell I’m not faking my PMS. I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to relate:
I suddenly start breaking out as much as a 12-year-old boy.
I feel depressed. Not just sad, but legitimately depressed, like I need to see a therapist.
Then I get angry over nothing. Look at me the wrong way and I’ll probably kill you.
Then I go back to being sad and start crying over everything, including commercials and also my cat’s cute face.
I have cramps that make me feel like I’m giving birth to an invisible baby.
Oh, and the bloating. For a week, I feel like a balloon.
And don’t forget about the headaches. The constant, pounding headaches.
I’m so tired I could fall asleep standing up.
Plus, I start fighting with my boyfriend over every little thing just because… well, I don’t know why.
Last but not least, I want to eat everything. Like literally everything. I’m not kidding.
Do you have these same PMS symptoms? Do you think PMS is real or fake? How do you feel when you get your period? Tell me in the comments!