The duo examined the differences in biological makeup for different sexes on the Aug. 9 episode of husband Dax Shepard’s Spotify podcast Armchair Expert.
Following a discussion on HBO Max’s Woodstock ’99: Peace, Love, and Rage, Dax said that he’d previously been in relationships with women who had various reactions to having their period. Meanwhile, Kristen explained the “debilitating” monthly procedure that many women go through.
“We are expected to also self-regulate,” she noted, “and if I acted like I ‘wanted to,’ every time I’m on my period, we would 100 percent not be married.” She continued, “I self-regulate, and women do on their period. Some women lose control, 100 percent, but what I saw in that documentary was so far crazy.”
Because of the “regulation” that people with uteruses use to prepare for period side effects, Kristen said she doesn’t “think it’s terrible to ask guys to regulate themselves” in response to their own biological makeup that leads to “rage.”
Kristen explained, “The reason I don’t go bananas on my period is that I have been brought up with socialization that has told me, ‘You will feel bananas a couple of days before your period. Don’t scream at everyone, even though that is what you want to do, you can’t do that. What is happening to you is in your brain chemistry and your hormones. And you have to know that knowledge is power.'”
In October, the Gossip Girl narrator and her podcaster husband, who married in a Beverly Hills courthouse, will mark eight years of marriage. While their relationship is in a good position, Kristen and Dax have been open about their marriage’s ups and downs over the years.