5 Weird Things Our Menstrual Cycles Make Us Do

The Stir

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Posted by Maressa Brown

on October 19, 2010 at 7:56 AM

As if it weren’t enough that we feel crappy when we’re PMSing or ovulating. (Got¬†mittelschmerz? No, it’s not a type of German lager … it’s those strange mid-cycle cramps!) Turns out that our hormones could influence behavior, immunity — and yeah, even our bank accounts at different points in our cycle.

For instance, you may have heard that British scientists found that we’re more likely to overspend when we’re premenstrual. Yep, two-thirds of PMSing respondents had “bought something on impulse.”

That explains so many clothing items that now hang in my closet unworn. Sigh.

Here, even more ways our hormones are messing with us — for better or for worse — throughout the month. After all, it (literally) pays to know …

1. We dance sexier when we’re ovulating. If you’ve ever considered trying amateur night at a strip club, you’ll probably do your best if you go when you’re mid-cycle. One study found that erotic dancers made $335 per 5-hour shift during their fertile phase vs. $185 during menstruation. The likely reason? Their dancing is more “solicitous.”



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.