A review of studies on PMS was conducted a few years ago, and the conclusion may be surprising: There is no clear link between women’s negative moods and the pre-menstrual phase of their cycles.
PMS may not exist, research shows | U of T News
This goes against one of the most popular beliefs surrounding women's emotional state during (and before) menstruation.
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My personal stance: While I do agree with medical and physical symptoms of PMS, such as breast tenderness, cramps, feelings of bloating, even, diarrhea for some, I don't think we become irrational beings once a month, who are ruled by our emotions because of PMS. Do I get moody during that time? It depends.......on how bad my physical symptoms are. Feeling like Freddy Kruger is scraping at my uterus from the inside out, aka, cramps, does not make me feel like rainbows and sunshine. I get cranky, and irritable, and want to just take pain meds and curl up and away from the world, when a certain month, the pain gets really bad. Other (most) months, when there are no physical ailments, I'm going on as I normally would, and my mood is the same as it would be any other day.