Hey I just wanted to learn a little bit more about periods. Just curious as to what exactly is going on, I just want to know how the cycle works. (not pms, don't really believe in that.)
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Yes, it's great you're seeking information but perhaps a little close-minded to say that you don't really believe in PMS? Even if it's not a textbook medical condition, enough women suffer from it for it to be believable!
You can't say that you don't believe in something just because you youself don't have those sort of hormonal swings in the month. It would be like me saying that I don't believe in pre-cum.
Nobody--There's questions in Acadmeia as to the validity of PMS, too. It's also taken a life of it's own. It's used everywhere as a catch-all excuse, when in fact it's something completely different.
I don't think that was DarkChild's point. The facts are that PMS is used as an excuse by many women for everything nowadays. A girl asks her friend a question, and the friend responds with attitude and snark. Saying that that girl is acting "PMS-y" is a classic excuse for her behavoir, whether it's around her period or not.
Saying you don't believe it is perfectly fine (as is saying you do!) So be careful with how you defend you points; it's obvious that DarkChild isn't a male, and she has doubts about PMS, as do I (and I am female). Is it unfair for us to make that statement? Not really. So let's not make this a huge hooha about something so silly, shall we?
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I'll give you that if the guy saying that has or does EVER feel or express that he, or many other man, is in ANY way deeply effected by the hormonal changes and surges in his body that yeah, it's dismissive and unfair, as well as likely uninformed and sexist.
And I think you can, in that light, be reasonable in makigng that assessment on your part, then.
It IS medically proven -- and an obvious physiological fact -- that a woman's body goes through hormonal changes during ALL aspects of her fertility cycle, including before menses, which can (as any homronal changes in anyone can) have an effect on her moods and behaviour.
That is actually not in question by any medical source: it really can't be, as without those hormonal events every month, ovulation and menstruation would not occur. To question the physiology of that is to question that ovulation and menstruation occur at all, which would be farcical and ludicrous.
What IS in question is HOW profound those effects can be, and how much of those effects are due TO those hormonal changes alone, and how much due to other health, lifestyle and mental health issues in conjunction with them or separate from them. What is also a very large and pertinent question in regard to this is how much accountability FOR any behvaiour due to these changes we are going to give the hormones and the woman herself.
(Let's also not conflate exactly how many women "use PMS as an excuse for everything." The media and general entertianment represents women as doing such far more than most women actually do.)
Some recent findings on PMS: http://www.webmd.com/content/Article/114/111183.htm "A new study shows that women who experience no menstrual mood changes use parts of their brain differently than women who have PMS (premenstrual syndrome), a condition marked by mood swings prior to menstruation in addition to other symptoms. " http://www.connpost.com/womanwise/ci_3204655 "Many women seek treatment for their premenstrual suffering, often by taking birth control pills, which control PMS symptoms by suppressing ovarian activity. Until recently, there hadn't been much evidence to back up the effectiveness of oral contraceptives in treating PMS. However, a recent study led by researchers at the Yale University School of Medicine shows that a low-dose oral contraceptive is an effective treatment for premenstrual dysphoric disorder, the most severe form of PMS." http://www.cornellsun.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/11/08/43704aa109c6c “Even in women who do not report mood swings, there are changes in the brain,” Silbersweig said, who, along with his team, used a functional MRI imaging index to “develop a paradigm that looks at emotional responses in the brain, and also behavioral responses, and the intersection of the two.” Similar on that here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4371228.stm
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