PMS moodiness `may just be a myth after all`

Updated: Oct 18, 2012, 13:38 PM IST

London: Symptoms like irritability in women are often unfairly blamed on their period when other factors like stress or a lack of support may be behind it, researchers say.

According to Canadian researchers, premenstrual syndrome in women has been over-estimated and may not be the cause of women’s bad moods at certain times of the month.

In a new study, researchers at the University of Toronto assessed a wealth of research relating to premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

They concluded that it ‘failed to provide clear evidence in support of the existence of a specific premenstrual negative mood syndrome’.

The problem is we tend to dismissively blame everything on PMS, disregarding other reasons why women may be angry or upset.

“The idea that any emotionality in women can be firstly attributed to their reproductive function - we``re sceptical about that,” the Daily Mail quoted lead researcher Dr Sarah Romans as telling The Atlantic.