An online study of 1,000 women has found that 38% of women have used our menstrual cycle as an excuse to duck out of an activity that seemed unappealing at the time. Like sports, mostly! Or, gulp, sex—which one in seven women admitted to dodging by citing Aunt Flo.
Most women say they use the period excuse if the sex game is wack.
20% of the women said they brought up their period to provide an excuse for their moodiness or irritability, and some also admitted it just gave them a chance to call in sick and relax. (10% of women do have to call in sick due to the severity of their menstrual cramps.) The best part of the study? “No guilt about lying—mostly via phone or text—was reported.” But that hardly makes up for the fact that our spot has now been blown up and we can’t play fake-period-hooky anymore. Show this to no one.