The Menstrual Cycle and Susceptibility to Coriolis-Induced Sickness


  1. Cheung, B.
  2. Heskin, R.
  3. Hofer, K.
  4. Gagnon, M.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Survey studies on motion sickness susceptibility suggest that females tend to report greater severity in illness and higher incidence of vomiting than males. Menstruation is said to be a contributing factor. A recent study suggested that females were least susceptible to seasickness during ovulation in a "round the world" yacht race. Sixteen subject (18-36 years old) were exposed to Coriolis cross-coupling stimulation in the laboratory. They were tested once during permenstruation (Day 1-5), ovulation (Day 12-15) and premenstruation (Day 24-28), based on a normalized 28-day cycle, in a randomised design. Physiological measurements of motion sickness included forearm and calf cutaneous blood flow. Subjective evaluation of sickness symptoms was based on Graybiel's diagnostic criteria and Golding's rating method. Our results indicated that under controlled laboratory conditions, different phases of the menstrual cycle appear to have no influence on subjective symptoms of motion sickness or on cutaneous blood flow increase in the forearm and calf. The lack of commonality between the types and levels of hormones that are released during motion sickness and thos that are involved in different menstrual phases appears to support our findings.
Gender;Motion sickness susceptibility
Report Number
DCIEM-SL-2001-022 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
01 Jan 2002
Number of Pages
Reprinted from
Journal of Vestibular Research, vol 11, 2001, p 129-136
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

Permanent link

Document 1 of 1

Date modified: