Attention All Men (yes, all two of you that read this blog 🙂 ): NEVER EVER (out loud) imply that a woman’s attitude, actions or disposition have anything to do with PMS or (again, out loud) try to keep track of when she should be hitting the PMS zone. Sometimes we just have off days. Sometimes we are tired and flustered and irritated. Sometimes you are just on our nerves. Yes, sometimes it’s YOU and not PMS or hormones. Accept it.
How would you feel if your valid irritations, moods or feelings were always put down to some (natural) phenomena that has been vilified and taken advantage of in turns? How would you feel if your irritable moods caused by tiredness and a hard day at the office were put down to “your time of the month?” How would you feel if every time you wanted to express a tender feeling towards someone, someone said “oh, his testosterone levels are low; it must be that time of the month.” Seriously, let a woman have her feelings (hormone fueled or not).
With that being said, some women give menstruation a bad name, using it as an excuse for their everyday attitude problems and usual demeanor. Not only do some women use PMS as a get out of jail free card whenever they do something that goes against manners and good taste, they also use it to get out of doing things they don’t want to do. The misuse of the menstrual cycle includes but is not limited to:
- getting out of putting on a swim suit and participating in PE during swim week.
- using the excuse of the menstruation cycle to deny sexual advances.
- using PMS to excuse psychotic breaks that lead to slashed tires, broken windows, drive by stalkings, cursing out your man, telling your girls exactly what you think of them and their problems, and hysterically proclaiming “I’m NOT crazy”.
- blaming the weight you’ve gained through eating on “bloating.”
- using PMS as an excuse to wear sweats and t-shirts everyday.
- eating ice cream, cookies, cakes, and pies in epic proportions, all while blaming your “sweet tooth” on “hormones.”
- excusing previous rude behavior with assertions you were just “really hormonal” and “aunt Flo” was in town.”
- Skipping exercise (because everyone knows you can’t do inversions on your period).
- snatching carbs out of someone else’s grasp…even a small child.
- anyway using your menstruation cycle as a way to absolve yourself of responsibility for your own behavior.
PMS and the menstruation cycle is no laughing matter, despite the comedy routines about it. Your hormones are in flux during this time. Many women do become fatigued, bloated, irritable, and emotional in ways that are beyond their control. Some have horrible issues with cramping as well. No one needs to exaggerate the horrors of the female reproductive system; no one needs to lie about experiencing symptoms either. I’m tired of my feelings being put down to hormones or PMS, and I’m tired of women trying to excuse everything up to and including murder by stating that they were on their period as if every other woman doesn’t have the same monthly cycle and yet manages to be completely sane. Girl, take your Pamprin, Midol, or Aleve/Advil and SIT DOWN!
Just because I am PMSing/ having my monthly menses, doesn’t mean I can’t smile and behave like a lady. Just because I am irritated or upset doesn’t mean I’m having my period. Some women are not PMSing; they are just mean. Some women are not “on the rag” (as Southern men like to say–ugh!), they just don’t want to be bothered, or maybe they just don’t like you. You pass women everyday going through their menstrual cycle with a smile on their face–and not all of them are just relieved they had a monthly visitor because they caught out there and were stressing about the consequences.
Now that we have all of that out of the way, do y’all have any Midol?
Note: This is not directed at anyone in particular, male or female. And no, I’m not PMSing; you all missed that point in time entirely!…this month 🙂
At least, that’s my two cents. Now it’s your turn. Tell me what you feel about PMS, menstruation, and the business side of being a woman.
- 10 Common Myths about Menstruation (onlinecertificateprograms.org)
- Women are Sometimes Unreasonable (findmeacure.com)
- Beat PMS At The Table! (nutrifocusrd.wordpress.com)
- A Natural Remedy For PMS (fitsugar.com)
- Reduce PMS Symptoms Naturally (northadelaidefitness.wordpress.com)
- How To Get Your Man To Do Whatever You Want (hellobeautiful.com)