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PMS 'like having man flu every month', according to survey of women

77 per cent of women say they’d expect a man flu-like response from men if they also suffered from pre-menstrual syndrome.

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MOST WOMEN believe men would display man flu-like symptoms and exaggerate their condition if they were capable of suffering from pre-menstrual syndrome.

A survey of over 500 women from across Ireland found that 88 per cent of women believed their partner would treat PMS similarly to getting ‘man flu’ on a monthly basis.

Nearly half of the respondents said their husband or boyfriend did not understand the extent to which the condition affected them.

The study also found that women aged between 25 and 34 were the most likely to feel the symptoms of PMS – though almost 90 per cent believed PMS was a normal party of the monthly menstrual cycle.

59 per cent of respondents said it affected their daily lives, while 16 per cent said they sometimes didn’t recognise their own behaviour when falling victim to their symptoms. Despite this, however, 43 per cent of women said they did not do anything to manage their symptoms.

The most common symptoms were cramps (23 per cent), mood swings (17 per cent), feeling sensitive or depressed (16 per cent), and sensitivity in their chest (8 per cent).

The survey was commissioned by health products company Cleanmarine to help promote a new Omega 3 product, Krill Oil for Women, which its makers claim can tackle the symptoms of PMS.

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