The hormone rollercoaster

August 11, 1:09 AMSan Antonio Sex and Relationships ExaminerMichele Gwynn

Grown men are taught at an early age never to upset mommy or big sister during “her time” of the month. It’s the five bitchiest days we ladies experience. And just so you guys know, we’re mostly not aware of it depending on how severely our hormones sink (think Titanic!). So don’t go thinking we have any memory of throwing that shoe horn at your head or duct taping your scrotum to the back of your right knee while you were sleeping. Just try convicting us and we’ll plead temporary PMS (Pre-menstrual Syndrome). For the record, we also claim post-menstrual syndrome, and present-menstrual syndrome to suit our Jekyll/Hyde moods.

How we feel and behave towards men is completely dependant on our hormonal cycle. We have highs, lows, and a very brief window of “steady”, otherwise known as normal behavior. During our lows, we want to crack your skulls between our thighs like coconuts and scoop out the meat. During high tide, we’re likely to be psychotically loving, and sexually pumped. In high tide, we don’t mind making your favorite dinner, rubbing your hairy back, or watching ESPN for hours into the evening. We’ll even sit next to you, hold your hand, and shower you with kisses and words of love. Feeling on top of the world, aren’t you? Meh!


Comment from Leslie

Not sure what I think about this article – is it awareness or hype – does this help the male/female realtionship or hurt it?  Does it furthre ingrain women to be the victim’s of their hormonal shifts?  If that is the case, then the article is blacklisted for me.

However, the only reason I included it – and I may post it under Hormone Humor is because it made reference to men charting their women’s cycles – becoming aware of their hormonal changes instead of reacting to them.  Has this been done with great success?  Yes.

Does it work in relationships – yes!  Does it give women leeway to be bitches – No!  There is no excuse for this type of behavior any longer since we know that hormone changes affect the brain or vice-versa.  We also know that hormone imbalances affect women’s moods and behaviors.

The author’s rantings are archaic based on a myth that has followed and hurt and buried women for years.  In fact, now that I think about it – I should not have posted the article at all – just ignored it as rubbish.

But since I think my comments need to be read – to help cast out this myth I will keep on it here. 

There is no reason for women to accept these Jekyll/Hyde swings as normal – they are not.  They are imbalances and in most cases easily manageable.  Charting your own cycle – become aware of your changes in behavior and then working on prevention and hormone balancing to smooth out the highs and lows is not as difficult as it seems – certainly easier and less costly and damaging than having a hysterectomy.

Enough said – now time for my second cup of coffee.


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.