The Bloody Problem of PMS
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Is PMS real? This brief article highlights the lack of research about PMS in general, and especially about PMS among transgender men.
“Even though menstruation is a biological reality, it is formulated as a social construct. Society affects one’s experience of having a period and how one deals with it. In most patriarchal cultures, the experience of menstruation is permeated by feelings of shame and secrecy, as menstruation is considered as something unclean. The double standard of constructing men’s bodies as ‘clean’ but women’s bodies as ‘dirty’ should be challenged.”