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Premenstrual Dysphorias: Myths and Realities

Leslie Hartley Gise, MD
JAMA. 1995;273(20):1625-1626. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520440079045.
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This new book will be of use to students, clinicians, and researchers who want to understand the mood, behavior, and physical symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle. Although premenstrual syndrome (PMS) requires further research, women need treatment now. There is a clear association between PMS and ovarian sex steroids (estrogen and progesterone), yet a simple hormonal etiology has not been found.

The first half of the book addresses empirical issues such as diagnosis, biological factors, and treatment, while the second half deals with sociocultural issues, such as the patriarchal myth of women's subordination to men. We need this book because, although it has been about 15 years since PMS became popularly known and women began demanding attention for it, most physicians understand little about premenstrual problems. In fact, many physicians believe that PMS does not exist and that it is all in a woman's head.

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