Monday, November 01, 2010

McClintock Effect

I got home to my cousin complaining about me to my mom. I was laughing so hard while she did that. The reason of her complain was my period affecting hers. Seriously.

The last time she visited us, I told her I had period cramp. That day she was already complaining about me telling her that, because every time I mention to her I have my period (I dont even have to see her in person), she immediately gets her period that same day or the next day. I am not kidding. It happens all the time, even though we have different cycle (different starting date and length of cycle), so I caused her having two periods in a month. This time, as I found out tonight, her daughter who was skeptical about it was also affected, as she had her period as soon as they got home. Apparently I'm like a magnet for periods.

I guess we are going to have synchronize periods when they are staying with me starting next week. *grin*

This is not the first time something like thing happened. Back in NL it was me who was affected by my flatmate Sisca's cycle. Not as severe as my cousin's tho, it took several months to get our period synchronized to Sisca's cycle. I also remember working at an office with 90% of the employees were women, our cycle were only days apart. Imagine the bitchiness during PMS period.

This synchronization of women who live together is known as McClintock effect.


colson said...

Though ( of course) this is not a subject I am entitled to have an opinion on, I wonder what the evolutionary advantage of such a synchronization may be?

triesti said...

I guess if you live with a lot of women, and they are synchronized, you only experience women's PMSing around the same time, in stead of the whole time if they are not synchronized. :)

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If all women ovulate at the same time then only the dominant males would reproduce as there would be a lot of competition amongst the men. The weaker men would be pushed aside whilst the stronger ones would impregnate all women. The weaker men would only get a chance outside the ovulation period when the strongeren would be hunting or fighting