Pregnancy and pre menstrual discomfort led women to wish they were men

February 20, 2010

Men who complain that they could never understand women have some clues now thanks to a recent survey conducted in UK. The survey  results revealed that one in every four women undergoing pregnancy and premenstrual discomfort , fed up to having put up with the pains wished that they were men.

The survey was conducted by Seven Seas Femibion, UK – supplier of vitamins, minerals and supplements in the UK and is also present in more than 100 countries worldwide on 2048 women.

The survey revealed a few interesting statistics. A majority 87% of the 2048 women volunteers admitted that they never felt at ease with the physical changes to their body during puberty while 12% of them were unprepared for pregnancy. Daily Express medical expert Dr Rosemary Leonard said: “Hormone levels are central to women’s well being. It’s vital to have a balanced diet and nutritional support when your body needs it.”

Outcome of the survey showed that 15% of the survey participants confessed that they wished they were born as men, owing to the mood swings they had to battle. And nine per cent thought men have it easier physically, Daily Express reported Friday.

There was some positive response too as 36% women admitted that they love being women as they could express emotions. This percentage increased to 40 for over 55s , the survey found.

The symptoms experienced during menstruation and pregnancy are triggered as a result of hormonal changes. Women are twice as likely as men to develop depression “Although the exact interaction between depression and premenstrual syndrome remains unclear, some researchers say that cyclical changes in estrogen, progesterone and other hormones can disrupt the function of brain chemicals such as serotonin that control mood,” says the Mayo Clinic Web site.

These symptoms differ from women to women. While some women are known to suffer severe symptoms, some undergo mild ones while some may not experience anything. “Still, because such hormonal changes occur in most women, but not all women develop depression, hormonal changes can’t be the only cause of depression in women,” the site added.



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.