Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is prevalent in nine out of 10 women, yet there is still no cure. The reason for that is because scientists prioritise other more important, and sadly, manlier things.
Although only 19% of men experience erectile dysfunction (ED), there are five times the amount of studies on that compared to premenstrual syndrome (PMS). This then leaves many women with no treatment to PMS.
Over 40% of women with PMS do not respond to available treatment, and about 5 to 8% suffer a more dangerous PMS, called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). It can be so severe that 15% of women diagnosed has attempted suicide.
Despite these statistics, grants are hardly awarded for research on PMS, due to the fact that most grant reviewers don’t believe that PMS is a thing. Yeap..
Sadly, gender bias in scientific research is very prominent, and according to a research by Yale, male scientists have a significantly higher chance of being hired by chemists and biologists compared to female scientists with the same credentials. Even if the female scientist gets hired, her salary would be roughly $4,000 lower than the men’s.
It doesn’t just stop there – women in science often do not advance as far as the men, the amount of women contributing in scientific journals has decreased tremendously, and female scientists are torn between their job and having a family. As a result, they drop out of science most of the time.