Myth: PMS is in your head
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Myth: PMS is in your head

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Have you ever had to complete a long day’s work or put on an exaggerated smile during PMS? Have you suddenly felt a difference in your skin, body and mood around your periods? Is it hard to explain to those around you that PMS is real? 

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’re not alone!

It was only in 2012 that the world understood how real PMS is. Dr. Katharina Dalton pioneered the research around premenstrual stress and coined the term ‘Premenstrual Syndrome’ or ‘PMS’. Thanks to her, we now know the science behind PMS and how to best manage it. Yet, many people still think that PMS is all in the mind. Let’s bust that myth right now!

PMS Myth

PMS is a mixture of multiple hormonal fluctuations, which sometimes affects the neurotransmitters in your brain. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that allow the brain to tell the body what to do. This, however, is short-lived. Hormones, on the other hand, have a longer effect, which is why your PMS may last over a few days for some. 

One particular hormone, serotonin, plays an important role in how you feel. During your menstrual cycles, serotonin levels drop, which makes you feel more sluggish, anxious and upset. L Theanine, a relaxing agent, is known to increase serotonin levels in the body, which helps alleviate some of your PMS symptoms. 

At Nua, we offer carefully curated solutions for your comfort. One such solution is Uplift, our nutrition drink mix that  includes L Theanine and much more, to make you feel better during your period! You can find out more about PMS and Periods here.


Through ‘Debunking Myths’, we acknowledge period myths and expose them with verified facts. Let’s debunk more period myths here.

Krishnapriya J
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Krishnapriya is an Economics and EVS freshman at Krea University. She enjoys philosophy, arguments and dogs (actually, anything that has 8> legs). She is fascinated with developmental economics and consumer psychology and hopes to pursue this field in the future. She is the mother of 18 plants, 80 books and one fussy dog and lives an almost zero-waste life.
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