A recent study out of England claims that premenstrual women are fans of impulsive shopping. Apparently, our hormones are behind those wacky shopping sprees that women are supposedly famous for!
“A study revealed that in the ten days before their periods begin–known as the luteal phase–women are much less in control of their spending habits. Psychologists at Hertfordshire University concluded that a shopping spree could be a way of dealing with the intense emotions of pre-menstrual syndrome, which affects around 90 per cent of women each month.
Professor Karen Pine, who conducted the study of 443 women aged between 18 and 50, said: “The later women were in their menstrual cycle, the more likely they were to have overspent.”
You know, this leads me to think that perhaps my husband has begun menstruating. How else can I explain his constant need to go crazy every time he enters a Costco? His habit of bringing home such randomness as four-month supplies of Snickers bars, toddler-sized blocks of brie, and 20 million kitchen sponges? I suppose it’s starting to make sense now. He simply must be PMSing!
Now I will have a proper excuse the next time I cave to my love of all things Anthroplogie and come home sporting an overpriced pair of boots. “But honey, a recent study proves that women impulse-buy during menstruation. The PMS made me do it!” And put on a sad face while pulling a gun, because menstruating women are so unstable and unpredictable like that.
But shockingly, not every single impulsive thing a woman does can be linked to the fact that she bleeds. I’m starting to think that a study can be conducted to prove just about anything. While I agree that hormones can play a part in decision making, I think linking PMS with going on shopping sprees is silliness. After all, it’s been proven time and time again that men like to shop just as much as women … just for different things in a lot of cases.
What do you guys think? Is menstruation to blame for your latest purchase? Do you experience buyer’s remorse after that time of the month? Moreover, do you save all of your receipts? Do you have thousands of dollars racked up in store credit?
I’m sorry … I’m being irrational, now. Must be that time of the month.
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