Men complain about how hard it is to understand women; well, now you can empathize with that because, as these facts will tell you, women truly are complicated creatures.
1. Women experience hormonal changes constantly, which change their sensitivity, outlook and energy levels.
2. PMS affects 80% of women every day. Ten days after starting a period, a surge in estrogen and testosterone makes women look for sexual opportunities. A week later, rise in progesterone makes them feeling like cuddling and relaxing; a week after that, progesterone withdrawal makes them cranky and weepy.
3. A majority of women experience their worst moods 12 to 24 hours before they start menstruating.
4. Women are better at reading nonverbal cues than men. It is believed that this tendency evolved because they needed it to know how best to take care of children. Now, women are better at knowing what bosses, strangers and husbands are thinking and planning.
5. Due to this ability to read non-verbal cues, women often can’t stand blank expressions or a lack of response. They would prefer a negative response to no response at all.
6. In threatening situations, women have more of a tend-or-befriend response than fight-or-flight. They can form strategic and manipulative alliances in such situations.
7. Research showed that women’s brains are more responsive to small amounts of stress and less able to adapt to high levels of stress. This is probably why women are more prone to PTSD, depression and anxiety disorders.
8. A woman’s sex drive is more easily upset than a man’s. To get in the mood and achieve an orgasm, certain areas of her mind need to be turned off. That’s why foreplay is important for women.
9. The G-spot has not yet been confirmed by science. It could be an internal extension of the clitoris, a unique bit of tissue or a complete myth.
10. A woman’s brain becomes 4% smaller during pregnancy and returns to normal six months after delivery. A study presented at the Society for Endocrinology BES conference in England, linked pregnancy hormones to memory problems.
11. Even if a woman has never been pregnant, just handling a baby will release her maternal hormones, according to a study in ‘Developmental Psychobiology’ in 2004.
12. Women go through a ‘second adolescence’ called perimenopause from around the age of 43 to 47/48. They experience night sweats and erratic periods and are extremely moody (like teenagers).
13. Unlike mature men, mature women show an increased interest in risk and openness to conflict. They show an interest in travel, education, sex , careers, and most importantly – adventure.