Your Cat Might Actually Be To Blame For Your Awful PMS
*Tries and fails to resist making a pussy joke*
Whether it's fluffing up their fur or watching hours of videos of them doing dumb stuff on YouTube, there's no denying that cats bring us humans a whole lot of joy. But as it turns out, they might actually also be to blame for what you thought was just your really horrible case of PMS.
Up to half of everyone who has a period is said to be affected by PMS, the worst of which is an extreme condition known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder or PMDD.
This has both physical and psychological symptoms including cramping, nausea, anxiety and depression, but which - and here's where it gets interesting - a new study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine Research has found are the same symptoms those suffering from a parasite called T. gondii experience.
T. gondii is found in infected meat but has also been linked to cats (mainly their poo), which is where this study proposes the 7% of women who thought they had PMDD but who they found actually had the parasite may have contracted it.
The infected women in the study also suffered from worse PMS symptoms than those who tested negative for the parasite. They also often reported feelings of being overwhelmed and out of control, a pattern which the researchers conclude means that T. gondii may actually be worsening certain PMS symptoms.
To be fair, it's still fairly uncommon, but the parasite is most commonly found in cat excrement so while you don't need to say buh-bye to your kitty, you might want to be extra careful when cleaning out its litter tray in future. Wear gloves and if any of these symptoms sound familiar, it might be time to pay your GP a visit.
Now how about watching a video of guys and girls trying to guess what weird sex toys are for? Ok then...