Do you find that you and your best friend often get your period the same week? Are you, your mom, and your sister always reaching for a tampon at the same time?
The idea of menstrual “cycle synching” is believed by the large majority of women which has us wondering, is it true?
The term menstrual synchrony first came about in 1971 in a research paper written by Martha McClintock. One hundred and thirty-five female students living in the same dorm at Wellesley College were observed by McClintock over a period of time.
Following the observation period, McClintock noted that “there was a significant increase in synchronization of onset dates” among the women who spent a lot of time together.
There have been similar follow-up research studies since McClinktock’s first in 1971, and current research is still not conclusive as to whether or not this is a medical phenomenon. Alyssa Dweck, M.D. told Womens Health, “We see this all the time. Women who cohabit often have similar diet, exercise, and sleep behaviors – all of which can affect cycles.”
One idea that has thought to contribute to women experiencing their period at the same times is pheromones, or “airborne chemical signals that are released by an individual into the environment which affect the physiology or behavior of other members of the same species.”
However, science can’t confirm if cycle synching is definitely “a thing.”
Research is still being conducted in order to prove if menstrual synchrony is a myth or a scientific fact. Regardless, many women are constantly reporting incidents of syncing up with close friends and family members.
Maybe you have experienced this with a group of your closest friends and it has become a part of the bond that keeps you connected or a thing that you can all joke about during a tough week.
Either way, women who support each other through the good, the bad and the monthly troubles of menstrual cycles are important in our lives.
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