Like women need another time of the month to worry about...In the days leading up to their periods, about 75 percent of women suffer some permutation of the irritability, irrational overreactions, weepiness, mood swings and crabbiness that are the hallmarks of PMS. (The other 25 percent get to experience it secondhand.) Men use it as a catchall for bitchy behavior and we parlay the excuse as needed: I'm hormonal, back off. Now experts are exploring the possibility of another "that time of the month," with potentially greater psychological implications.
Researchers at the University College London are reporting that they have identified a narrow window of the menstrual cycle, just after ovulation, when women are at their most psychologically vulnerable.They took 41 women aged 18 to 35 who had regular cycles, and presented them with a graphic 14-minute film depicting real life scenes of death, mutilation and injury. A third of the women were in the mid-follicular phase of their cycles (around day nine ofRead More »from The Other 'Time of the Month' You Need to Know