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Give it up for the ‘new’ PMS: Positive menstrual syndrome

Updated on:5 October 2021, 17:25pm IST
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is always looked at from a negative lens, but guess what? It can also benefit women in so many ways! Here’s all that you need to know.
Geetika Sachdev
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PMS can also be positive. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Every month, when aunt Flo is about to arrive at our doors, a series of emotions starts to run through our bodies. It’s pretty natural to feel a little down and out; we know PMS is for real. Most of the time, the very mention of the term ‘PMS’ or premenstrual syndrome makes us want to hibernate. After all, mood swings, cramps, irritation, bloating et al. Crazy, isn’t it?

But why should we always look at periods from the lens of negativity? We’ve been conditioned to look at periods in a certain manner, which is why we completely disregard the positive experiences. 

There are several women, who believe otherwise. Some of them feel more creative, while others experience an increase in their sex drives. Plus, some feel that their metabolism receives a boost. 

So, without further ado, let’s see what they have to say:

Khyati Avinesh (33) works at an advertising agency, where she is largely involved in brainstorming. She says that her creative energies flow better, when her periods arrive every month. “I’ve shared this with several female colleagues, but they laugh it off; most people think of this as a joke.”

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PMS has just got rehashed. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

But Avinesh is not alone. There are some who feel their energetic best, when they are on their period. No, we are not kidding at all! 

“It might sound strange but I think I feel more energetic during my period. I think I function so much better, and I feel my partner and I have the best sex, during this time of the month,” says Anuja Sikri (34), a marketing professional. 

That’s because when women ovulate, their bodies release an egg for implantation. This is the time of their cycle when they are most fertile, resulting in an increase in sexual drive.

In fact, some women also seek more attention and love from their partners, and feel more connected with them. 

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There are some who feel really happy during their periods. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Dr Abhinaya Alluri, #NuaExpert says, “There is evidence that about 5-15% of women note positive experiences during the premenstrual period that include excitement, energy and well-being.”

The last word

As we already know, PMS is all about a play of hormones. During this time, oestrogen levels drop and progesterone levels rise. Even then, each woman reacts differently, and there’s beauty in diversity. So, let’s not view PMS only through a negative lens; it can also be called positive menstrual syndrome!

Geetika Sachdev Geetika Sachdev

An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town.