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Frenchy
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Is it me, is it a UL or is it normal to want to clean like crazy shortly before/as a new period starts?

I have witnessed this in many of my female friends. They all say they have a strong urge to 'clean the nest' as their period is due or they have a period. I can understand that having a period requires to be 'clean' and so, washing oneself is essential during that time (like it's not always!) but why clean the rest of the house?

If I have a period, I feel like buying bleech and go through the whole house, getting all pictures off the wall and cleaning them in details, vacuuming, washing the toilet, regrouting the whole bathroom while I'm at it. [Roll Eyes]

Where does that weirdness comes from?

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I can assure you, my wife has never had that problem. And it doesn't seem like it's affecting my daughter, either.

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I know exactly what you're talking about! I tend to do this on Saturdays right before my period, plus I'm a little obsessive-compulsive, so this in combination with hormones equals steralized stove knobs and sparkling clean foot boards.

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DizzyLizard
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I am not a doctor, so can't say for sure, but it sounds as if the increased hormone levels are kicking in your nesting instinct, which normally occurs just prior to labor, in pregnant women.

Why? I have no clue, especially as I can't even say that the above it definitely the case. I haven't experienced that, except with pregnancy, so can't say whether it "feels" the same, or not.

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I'm normally too headachy to do anything like that. [Frown]

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Actually I get other urges when I got close to my period, but cleaning was never one of them *grins*

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I've never gotten urges to clean, lazy girl that I am but I often find myself keen to bake a cake/some cookies once a month.

Shame I'm not as keen on eating them...

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Galaxina
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I totally have the instinct to clean, clean, CLEAN the house before and during the first few days of that special time of the month. My husband can attest to the fact that I can be a cleaning fanatic and that nothing is ever clean enough!

I also must ask this because I wonder if anyone else has this: before your period, does anyone get huge cravings for milk, cheese, or other dairy products? I know that I could down a load of dairy if I cared to...

I need to clean our house up. Wish my period were coming...

Galaxina

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?Who are these strange creatures to which I find myself attracted?
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Allison
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Actually, I pretty much HAVE to clean the house right before my time, what with the killing of all those people who piss me off while I'm PMS'ing.

[Big Grin]

Alli "kidding!" son

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My dad is jumping on me to clean my room. I want to tell him, not while I'm on my period! Geez. I hate cleaning my room anyways, but especially not while I'm all ick-feeling.

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Kimberly Blue
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Yep. And not just my own house. My friends love it when it's that time because I will clean their houses and organize their lives for them. I've been known to abandon my regular duties at work and start scrubbing anything I can get my hands on. It is a bit bizzare. It's the only time I win the battle with my inner pack-rat. [Wink]

I am the only person I know who experiences this though...

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Nope...all I want to do when due/on my period is stab my SO in the neck [Mad] although he probably hates me too! however, I do feel like washing more often as nothing about my appearance seems to look nice during that time.


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Nope, never had a cleaning instinct. Qute the opposite; I just wanted to stay in bed until the migraine went away.

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My wife's grandfather (from the hills of West Virginia) would not let her and her sister into the cucumber patch when they were on their period.
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STF
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My ex-wife wanted to do two things equally when she was on her period. One was clean and the other was bitch at me. She did both very effectively.

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alyssa 'devours all' Jones37
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i lived with a girl for a year, who was a messy little beast, until her period was due. Like clockwork the house would be cleaned from top to bottom.
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the Virgin Marrya
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quote:
Originally posted by STF:
My ex-wife wanted to do two things equally when she was on her period. One was clean and the other was bitch at me. She did both very effectively.

Whatever gave you the idea that they were mutually exclusive terms!?! [lol]

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Frenchy
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So, it seems that not everyone gets it, but some do... Is it associated with PMS then? (I feel like doing nothing when it's there myself, but a few days before, it's like clockwork -and I usually KNOW a period is due without even counting the days).
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the Virgin Marrya
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I think so. I also have a terribly creative urge that lasts just long enough to get all the messyplay stuff out...but not long enough to produce anything. Unfortunately, this comes AFTER the cleaning urge, so..well, it's not unknown for buckets of mosaic chips / paint supplies / mountains of fabric scraps to sit gathering dust for..oh, 28 days [fish]

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Avril
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Sometimes...mostly it's just showers. I want to take showers all the time (and I don't want to blow dry my hair, so I end up braiding it a lot).

And eating salt. On everything. In large quantities. I don't eat particularly salty foods, I just add lots of salt to what I normally eat.

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When I'm dating someone and we begin having sex is when I begin cooking like crazy, especially large pots of food, and cleaning. I refer to this as nesting. I don't know why having sex triggers it, but it continues along up til the point that I'm no longer having sex. So, I'm much more suzy homemakey when I'm getting some on a regular basis.

I had a panhysterectomy, so maybe that screwed me around a bit. Though, I do cycle, like clockwork, every 28 days. It's evident because I begin craving salt and chocolate. I didn't realize this until I worked with a girl that is apparently on the same cycle as me. One or the other of us would come traipsing to our desk with salt and chocolate, just as the other was craving it and ready to go get some. It was really funny to me to realize that the timer is still there, even though the oven's been moved out.

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Mouse
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I wish I got cleaning urges. [Frown] Then maybe my room would be a little neater. Instead I just want to lie in bed and eat chocolate.

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Frenchy
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I feel it's VERY compulsive as well (not the kind of 'tidying up' I normally do, where it just 'looks' good, but please! don't open cupboard). [lol]
Here, I'm not fooling anyone and I truly want everything to be clean, so it's not uncommon for me to 'find' spots that will require attendance (behind the fridge, the toilets, inside cupboards in the kitchen, etc...) Hence regrouting the bathroom would also come to mind... Or changing the vaccum's bag, or repoting flowers....anything that WILL look neat and tidy once it's done.

I feel satisfied once it's all done, and I can relax (and fully enjoy my stomach ache). [Smile]

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I'm actually getting a bit jealous, reading this thread. My house could really use a good, deep down cleaning every month! As it stands, I am almost always battling against a constant lack of motivation, as far as housework is concerned. I wasn't always like this.

~Diz

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quote:
Originally posted by Galaxina:
I also must ask this because I wonder if anyone else has this: before your period, does anyone get huge cravings for milk, cheese, or other dairy products? I know that I could down a load of dairy if I cared to...

I always know when I am ovulating because I must have CHEESE! I want cheese on everything.
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Galaxina
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For me it's creme cheese, creme fraiche, ice cream, or sour cream! Hell, just stick me in the dairy department!
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DawnStorm
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My appetite shoots through the roof during Period Week and right before and during, my teeth are really sensitive. I learned the hard way to NEVER have dental work done during that week. [Frown]

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quote:
Originally posted by Pogue Ma-Gator:
I can assure you, my wife has never had that problem. And it doesn't seem like it's affecting my daughter, either.

Pogue

My wife dosn't clean when she has hers either.

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I never get the urge to clean, except for cleaning myself down there more often. When i'm PMSing or on my period I either get bitchy, bloated and crampy, or I get really horny, like I'm in heat. (Sorry, TMI)

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quote:
Originally posted by zman977:
My wife dosn't clean when she has hers either.

Mine does if she knows what's good for her.

[lol] Just Kidding, Just Kidding!

Actually reading this thread is very interesting. I'm seeing a bit of my wife in most of these threads (not the cleaning ones, she doesn't do that). The chocolate thing for sure and the horny-ness. What is up with that? Apparently it isn't that uncommon, but that's one I just don't get. You feel icky but you want to shag? [Confused]

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You feel icky but you want to shag?
Doesn't it make you feel good when you do? Why would you think it would make me feel any different?

Besides, it's healthier than eating pint after pint of Ben & Jerry's.

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Slainey
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**cue the oddly comforting voiceover and primative graphics**
*Beep*
From the time a woman ovulates until her period, levels of the hormone progestin build up in her body.
*beep*
This triggers the lining of the uterus to grow. If fertilization occurs the amount of circulaing progestin increases, the lining contiues to grow, and the embryo has a place to attach.
*Beep*
If fertilization does not occur the progestin abruptly stops. The blood flow to the lining of the uterus is cut off causing the lining to slough off. This, of course, is menstration.
*beep*

I'm nostalgic for film strips today, sue me.

So I think progestin is the instigator here. Since it's an important part of being pregnant and is present in greater amounts between ovulation and menstration I think it might be what causes this nesting instince in women.

I wonder if being on the pill effects this?

I know I'll feel mysteriously bitchy and sluggish for a few days. I'll have one incredible day of cleaning, creativity, ice cream, and horniness. Then through the actual bleeding part I usually feel OK if a little crampy. I'm not the poster girl for normal hormoes so YMMV.

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Frenchy
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I wonder if being on the pill effects this?
Nope, always had it. Off it, on it, I clean... [lol]
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Ms. Kringle
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Oh yeah, I clean.

Right before my period, as I'm at my bitchiest and I want to kill my husband, and sell my daughter to the gypsies (like my dad always says he's done with my mom when I call home and he answers the phone, LOL).

Of course, my husband goes into hiding, except for when he figures out that I'm also horny as hell, too. Then he magically appears.....gee, dear, if you don't help me with the cleaning what the hell makes you think you're gonna get lucky?

Once my period starts though, forget it. I just want to crawl under my rock with a heating pad, some Midol, chocolate, and sweats until it all goes away.

Horror...the horror.....

Ms. 'the joys of being a woman....eccch'

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