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PoliCon
03-30-2009, 12:57 PM
Women's shopping habits linked to periods
Women's shopping habits are linked to their menstrual cycles, a study has shown.


By Matthew Moore
Last Updated: 2:40AM BST 30 Mar 2009

In the ten days before their periods begin women are more likely to make extravagant impulse buys, according to researchers.

Psychologists believe that shopping sprees could be a way for premenstrual women to deal with the negative emotions created by their hormonal changes.

For the study 443 women were asked about their shopping patterns. The 153 women in the sample who were in the later stages of their menstrual cycle tended to have less control of their spending.

Professor Karen Pine of Hertfordshire University, who led the survey, told the Daily Mail: "Spending was less controlled, more impulsive and more excessive for women in the luteal phase [the days immediately before their period].

"The spending behaviour tends to be a reaction to intense emotions. They are feeling very stressed or depressed and are more likely to go shopping to cheer themselves up and using it to regulate emotions."

She added: "It is also a socially sanctioned way to deal with emotional overload compared to turning to drink or drugs.

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linda22003
03-30-2009, 01:12 PM
Oh, please. We don't need a hormonal excuse to shop. :cool:

noonwitch
03-30-2009, 01:37 PM
Oh, please. We don't need a hormonal excuse to shop. :cool:


I get crowd-phobic right before, so the last place you would find me in those two days is at the mall. The chocolate store, or ice cream parlor is far more likely.

Gingersnap
03-30-2009, 01:44 PM
Let's see, women lose all fiscal restraint for a third of the month, every month. Then wouldn't it make sense to bar them from public and private jobs involving monetary decision-making until menopause? :confused:

Or maybe this is another more or less fake study designed to burn through research money and get the authors 15 minutes of lukewarm fame.

megimoo
03-30-2009, 01:50 PM
Let's see, women lose all fiscal restraint for a third of the month, every month. Then wouldn't it make sense to bar them from public and private jobs involving monetary decision-making until menopause? :confused:

Or maybe this is another more or less fake study designed to burn through research money and get the authors 15 minutes of lukewarm fame.
It depends on the woman I guess .Some are able to 'breeze 'through it with minimum pain for others it could seem 'terminal'.I've had secretary's who would be out of work for days during their periods and others who just had cramps and came to work with the pain !

PoliCon
03-30-2009, 01:53 PM
Let's see, women lose all fiscal restraint for a third of the month, every month. Then wouldn't it make sense to bar them from public and private jobs involving monetary decision-making until menopause? :confused:

Or maybe this is another more or less fake study designed to burn through research money and get the authors 15 minutes of lukewarm fame.

why ginger . . . . me thinks this hath struck a nerve!

Gingersnap
03-30-2009, 02:03 PM
why ginger . . . . me thinks this hath struck a nerve!

Not with me - I only engage in tactical shopping. But maybe on behalf of all the witless women who will suck up the "excuse" offered in this kind of study without thinking about the broader implications: any woman who claims that she "has to" spend money due to her menstrual cycle is also saying that she can't be trusted with money a lot of time.

PoliCon
03-30-2009, 02:08 PM
is also saying that she can't be trusted with money a lot of time.

You don't have to be married to know that! :p

linda22003
03-30-2009, 02:31 PM
You don't have to be married to know that! :p

Anytime I head off to do real shopping, my husband has one request.... "Just pay cash." Whether it's $100 or $2,000, I don't put it on credit. Other than that, he doesn't care - and why should he? :)