About PMSsage

PMSsage is your monthly PMS-support. Signing up for PMSsage means you'll receive a comforting email the day when you are the most likely to experience PMS.

If you ever had the feeling of being irrationally mad for no apparent reason, or had a very emotional reaction to the news about the National Budget without noticing that it coincided with the coming of your period, then you might also have had the anxious thoughts like “what is wrong with me?” or “why does it feel like the world is coming to an end?”. PMSsage sends you an email to let you know that the world will still stand tomorrow and today is the day for self-pampering.

When you first sign up to PMSsage, you have to fill out the details regarding your menstrual cycle. But the more you use it, the better PMSsage knows when your next PMS will occur. If you are unsure of what all this means, please check the FAQ.

Not all women experience premenstrual symptoms, but some of them may get one day a month ruined by overwhelming feelings of distress or sadness. PMS is likely to occur the week before the period starts. So far, no biological explanation has been given as cause of PMS. In the United States, PMS and the mental issues related to it can be diagnosed psychiatrically. This means that PMS may be treated as a mental illness. In other parts of the world, women report the physical symptoms of PMS, but no emotional distress is reported. This has led some researchers to believe that PMS is determined by cultural factors.

Studies have shown that less symptoms are shown by women who learn to deal with their own life situation, consider the stress level in their everyday life and accept that their moods and bodies are not constant.

PMSsage wants you to feel better – whatever the amount of chocolate or hours on the sofa it takes. PMSsage is a monthly reminder which tells you to take care of yourself.

PMSsage is created and designed by Astrid Maria Bigoni as part of her final project for the MA/MSc in Digital Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. The final project is accompanied by a written dissertation on women's use of menstrual tracker apps.