Jess Commons | Deputy Editor | Friday, 19 August 2016

Funding Applications For PMS Research Being Rejected Because It\'s \'All In Our Heads\'

Funding Applications For PMS Research Being Rejected Because It's 'All In Our Heads'

The Debrief: Psychologist Kathleen Lustyk has been told that PMS is 'merely a product of our society that has painted a natural process in a negative light'. Oh, there's been five times as many studies into floppy willies as there has PMS too BTW.

PMS is fun isn't it? When I get PMS, I turn into a mole woman. I don't want to leave my house, the outside world becomes very scary and I cry, on average, once an hour because of things like the time I lost my beret, five years ago.

PMS makes us all mad. Just look at the silly things Team Debrief have cried over on their periods. That hamster one's just weird though.

Bizarrely, we still don't kn0w much about PMS. And that's because there hasn't been a whole lot of research done on it. A writer over at Reasearchgate has found in fact that there's been five times as many published studies done on erectile dysfunction as there has been on PMS despite the fact that erectile dysfunction affects 19% of men while 90% of women report to have suffered from some degree of PMS. Also, I'm pretty sure we know what causes erectile dysfunction.

As a result, the definition of PMS is still a far off thing. Which means a cure is even further away. How can scientists look for a cure if they're not sure what they're meant to be curing?

The problem seems to be a lack of funding. Kathleen Lustyk, a psychologist from the University of Washington told Reasearchgate that she's had grant applications rejected due to the fact that PMS is 'merely a product of our society or culture that has painted a natural process in a negative light and, give it's monthly predictability, leads to suffering through anticipation.'

As Lustyk puts it; 'I suspect that this is a fancy way of saying it’s really just in a woman’s head.'

!!!! Has a sentence ever made you so mad? Mate, if that fusty old science dude wants to come and take over my brain for those few days each month, he is more than welcome. 'Suffering in anticipation'? WHAT A DICK.

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