New Cartoon Helps Women Cope with PMS

New cartoon sheds light and laughter on an uncomfortable subject of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Find out what types of PMS exist.

San Diego, CA, December 07, 2007 --( Between the physical and emotional effects of premenstrual syndrome, women with PMS are the first to admit that it's no laughing matter. However, a new PMS cartoon encourages women to find a little humor in their monthly woes.

The three minute cartoon identifies five types of PMS--Weeping Beauty, Scary Poppins, Lizzie Warden, Lois Pain and Attila the Hungry--by their most common symptoms. Released by PMS Central in conjunction with the new book The Princess and the PMS (for women) and on the flipside, The Prince and the PMS (for men), the cartoon serves as an introduction to the book's unique approach to healing. Throughout The Princess and the PMS, the cartoon character's symptoms get the royal treatment from a team of medical experts, life coaches and comedic writers who teach women how to minimize the effect that PMS has on their lives.

The PMS cartoon is a way to get women talking about a difficult subject. "Movies have trailers, why not books?" says co-creator Elizabeth Goodman. "The PMS cartoon is a way to get women talking about a difficult subject." The National Institutes of Health estimate that 75% of menstruating women have PMS at some point in their lives. "That's an awful lot of ibuprofen gobbling, chocolate grabbing, elastic-waisted women who trip over their symptoms every month," says Goodman. "By approaching the topic with humor, both in the cartoon and the book, our goal is for women and men to engage in dialogue about PMS and ultimately make use of the book's coping strategies."

The PMS cartoon runs through each character's symptoms, from ankle-swelling to zits, most of which are all too familiar women and men living with PMS. Women will recognize themselves in the Princess characters as Lois Pain exclaims 'I don't know what's more sore, my breasts or the peasants on tax day!' and Scary Poppins mutters expletives over the pre-empting of a soap opera. While the creators make light of a weighty subject, their intent is to encourage women to identify which type of PMS they have, then learn how to minimize and even eliminate their symptoms through the advice in The Princess and the PMS.

About PMS Central

PMS Central is a Web portal that provides tools to help women cope with premenstrual syndrome. Professional experts give advice on nutrition, exercise, relaxation, relief products, and lifestyle changes to better manage PMS symptoms. The site offers monthly PMS email alerts with tips to minimize symptoms, an interactive PMS Princess Quiz and a forum where women can share their experiences and support one another.

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Diana Bourgeois