What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done while PMSing, pregnant, or otherwise under the influence of hormones?
Women are sick of hearing men ask if they’re on their rag because of the way they are acting, but we’ve all blamed hormones for making us act out of character a time or two.
The age-old stereotype about hormonal women who can’t control their emotions is far from reality and there’s no real science backing it. Instead, this stereotype has been used for far too long to degrade women.
The key is to realize it’s not just women who are influenced by hormones – and hormones do NOT make women crazy or irrational.
That being said, hormones do play a role in how we feel on any given day – no matter if you are male, female, or feline.
In an interview with The Guardian, evolutionary scientist Martie Haselton explained it as: “Our hormones don’t make us crazy, they don’t make us irrational. They nudge us.”
That little nudge is sometimes all it takes to make us do some pretty wild things – but at least it makes for a great story later.
In addition, Haselton points out, it’s not just women who get hormonal – men have hormones too.
Twitter user “Twinks” recently asked the question: “What completely irrational things you have done whilst being under the influence of hormones?”
This seemingly simple question sparked a storm of women to share their best hormone-fueled stories – and the results are too good to be true.
Martie Haselton is the author of Hormonal, a book that dives deep into the world of women’s hormones and how they impact day-to-day life.
Haselton is a leading researcher when it comes to human sexuality and the ovulation cycle.
According to Haselton, everyone is hormonal – it’s not a gender-based thing. The simple biology of being human all boils down to one primal urge.
“It makes perfect sense that our biology is designed this way,” she said.
“Hormones are signals generated by our brains and glands associated with reproduction in our bodies. The bottom line of evolution is reproduction. We may choose not to reproduce now, and we may have control over that now, but there were millennia where that was the dictating force behind the design of our brains and bodies,” said Haselton.
For years, scientists looked to women as the “hormonal species” because they have cycles that make it easier to track and document, scientifically speaking.
“One reason is that scientists were content for many decades with studying the male as the default sex, and that was in part because women had cycles that made them messy,” she said.
“If you are doing a scientific experiment, you don’t want noise, you don’t want variation, you want everything to be strictly controlled.”
Yet, advances in science prove that men are equally impacted by hormones.
Hormones are often in action without us even noticing it. One example of this is the attraction scent women emit when ovulating, which is the same thing that happens with animals.
The goal is the same no matter if you’re a horse or a woman. To attract a mate when you are most fertile.
“Samples of tampons collected near ovulation were rated as more attractive then samples collected during any other point in the cycle,” she explains.
Perhaps this helps to explain why women walk more, eat less, socialize more, become more flirtatious, and are more likely to dance and meet men when they are ovulating.
Ever thought your cycle was “synching” with other women you live with or spend a lot of time with? Haselton says this isn’t true.
“The reason that it’s so easy to think that menstrual synchrony exists in humans is because ‘normal’ cycles among a group of women can easily overlap – and appear to converge,” she shares.
Men may not bleed, but a study released by The Telegraph claims they still go through cycles, including a “man period.”
Man period symptoms are similar to female period symptoms and include tiredness, cramping, and increased sensitivity.
Want to learn more about hormones? Check out Haselton’s book – Hormonal.
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