Whether or not PMDD is just another "hot diagnosis" and whether or not millions of women are indeed suffering from it, (...), millions of people will continue to "buy" the notion that the days prior to the onset of menses are a problem that needs fixing.
I have always loved sensing the cyclical changes in my body. Nothing makes me feel more like a woman that the breast tenderness and swelling I experience right before my period. I love telling my partner, "Be gentle. They're extra sensitive now. I'm getting my period." I say it with an air of authority I take on during those days. (...)
According to DSM-IV criteria, I might have a bit of PMS, but nothing that would require treatment. I think of a friend of mine, who says she suffers terribly, both emotionally and physically, the week before her periods. She might call it a disorder and gladly swallow a little pink and purple pill just to get through that week. But me, I'd rather call it one of the joys of being female and swell and cry and cramp up and bleed without pharmacological intervention.
For fuck's sake! Feeling so awful and ugly and useless that you want to die is "one of the joys of being female"? What is this bloody woman on?