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Demo
09-15-2004, 01:36 PM
So, I know that synchronous menstruation (http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a2_306.html) (when women living in close proximity begin to synchronize their menstrual cycles) exists. Also, that same article tells us that a male's presence can affect a female's cycle.

What I want to know is, can a female cause a hormonal change in a male due to being pre-menstrual or menstrual? The reason I ask is because I've experienced something like this that has, at different times, affected my emotional state(mood swings/oversensitivity) as well as my physical state(bloating). Are there any documented cases of this? Is it an actual physiological change or is it simply a psychological reaction? I don't think it is psychological because I've felt my mood swing before I knew my spouse was on her cycle, but then again my subconcious may just know when it is happening after living together for so long.

tremorviolet
09-15-2004, 01:44 PM
So, I know that synchronous menstruation (http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a2_306.html) (when women living in close proximity begin to synchronize their menstrual cycles) exists. Also, that same article tells us that a male's presence can affect a female's cycle.

Actually, we don't really know this. It's still being much debated (http://www.straightdope.com/columns/021220.html). Maybe someone will come along with some even newer info...

MikeS
09-15-2004, 03:49 PM
A study (http://evolution.anthro.univie.ac.at/institutes/urbanethology/student/html/astrid/femphers.html) was done on a similar subject about seven years back, but it tested for behavioural and hormonal responses, not physiological.

aruvqan
09-15-2004, 04:11 PM
mrAru has a 'sympathetic' menstrual syndrom...when I get my period, he buys chocolate and slides it under the door into teh room so he will stay alive, and i will stay happy=)

psycat90
09-15-2004, 06:17 PM
Uh-uh. Nope. No Way.

PMS is my excuse.

You go get your own.

;-)