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What Does Your PMS Have to Do With the Past?

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is often a convenient butt of jokes — a handy way to dismiss emotional expression as a transient byproduct of biology. However, for the 8 to 20 percent of reproductive-age people who get periods, PMS and its more extreme case, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), are not funny at all, but a life-altering set of symptoms that wreak emotional and physical havoc. PMS and PMDD both…

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