Evolutionary PMS Spin: Women become Unbearable to Get Rid of Unproductive Partners

Holy Hormones Journal: 

“Discomfort … a woman suffering PMS has a reason, and it has everything to do with men.”

Well, this sure puts a whole new spin on the ‘South Pacific’ movie song “I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Out of my Hair – and send him on his way…”
Have not been snarky in awhile – but found this article on an Australian news site and could not resist the post, the comment and the point of view from a man! What are your thoughts?

PMS or premenstrual tension is nature’s way for women to get rid of their unproductive male partners

August 12, 2014

EIGHT in ten women experience it and finally there’s a medical explanation for premenstrual syndrome — evolution.

The animosity that overtakes some women at certain times of the month is actually nature’s way of making them unbearable to live with.

That way they can rid themselves of an infertile male to clear the way for new partner to increase their chances of passing on their DNA.

That’s the controversial new claim from a medical expert for the depressing ten days before a period that most women abhor.

And while PMS was useful in hunter gatherer days, it is a drag in modern society.

“We’ve stigmatised a perfectly normal consequence of fertility at work,” says Professor Michael Gillings from Macquarie University’s Department of Biological Sciences.

PMS is not a disease or syndrome but a normal consequence of evolutionary adaptation “similar to morning sickness”, he says.

Recently severe forms of PMS were decreed a mental disorder in the psychiatric bible DSM5 even though 80 per cent of women experience it.

“That gets up my nose. If 80 per cent of women have PMS, the behaviour is normal, how can you say these people are sick or mentally deranged,” Professor Gillings says.

Professor Gillings says the widespread nature of the maladaptive behaviour is what led him to question whether there was an evolutionary basis for it.

“In some cases apparently maladaptive states may be the result of our evolutionary history,” he said.

Women in hunter gatherer societies never suffered PMS but it is on the increase in the modern age when women control their fertility, he says.

“Studies of modern tribespeople with hunter-gatherer lifestyles show that fertile women have a median of two menstrual cycles per year and just over 100 per lifetime,” he says in a paper published in the journal Evolutionary Applications.

“This compares with women in developed countries who are likely to have over 400 cycles,” the paper says.

The frequency of PMS in the modern world arose “because of a mismatch between our evolutionary history and current cultural conditions,” he said.

“The rise of PMS is a consequence of our control over our reproduction not as a consequence of infertility,” he said.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.