Comedians Sinbad and Frank Nicotero are joined by relationship expert and self-proclaimed bad boy Steve Santagati to take on CBS legal analyst Lisa Bloom and comedians Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton, better known as the comedy duo Frangela, in the ultimate Battle of the Sexes! Sexual health expert Dr. Jennifer Berman joins The Doctors to explain the medical facts behind the debate.
PMS: Real or an Excuse?
"One thing I don't get about women is this PMS," Tom says. "It's sort of a [fictitious] acronym. My wife is a raging witch 12 times a year, without fail."
His wife, Kristina, assures him that PMS is not a manufactured excuse used by women. "I get very emotional," she says. "It's not my fault."
"PMS is really, really real," OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson assures. "We are hormonal beings."
Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is a collection of ailments that typically converge on a woman a few days to two weeks before her menstrual period. Symptoms include anxiety, tension, bloating, acne, food cravings, bowel changes and mood swings. The exact cause of PMS is unknown, but several factors such as age, stress and a fluctuation in the hormones estrogen and progesterone may contribute to it.
"With my fiancée, when she's PMSing and we get into a fight or something, the worst thing you could ever do is bring up [PMS as] that's why you're having the fight," Frank says. "For those four days, I just hand her the remote control, let her watch The Bachelor. But actually, the joke's on her, because I like that show too!"
"It's the price that you pay for women bringing life into the world," Dr. Lisa says.
Are Men Wired to Cheat?
Tia believes that men are biologically wired to be unfaithful. "It's in their DNA," she says. "They're like cavemen, just running around trying to spread their seeds all over the world."
Her boyfriend, Sly, however, insists that men can be monogamous. "All men don't cheat," he says. "Look at me, I'm monogamous ... That's what the m in men [stands for]: monogamy."
Steve, author of The Manual: A True Bad Boy Explains How Men Think, Date, and Mate — and What Women Can Do to Come Out on Top, believes it is in the male DNA to cheat. "It's millions of years of evolution," he says. "Men are biologically driven to mate with as many females as possible. Women, on the other hand, are genetically and biologically programmed to date with the alpha male. That's why you don't like doormats. That's why you don't like weak men, because you have a much better chance of propagating your species if you go with the toughest, and in a lot of cases, the richest, best, strongest man you can.
"We, on the other hand, at the end of a nine-month gestation period, if we mate with 10 women, then we have 10 offspring, and therefore it gives us a much better chance to have one of those children be successful," he adds. "That's nature."
Steve emphasizes that he does not condone cheating and being wired to do so is not an excuse.
Dr. Berman says that actually, both men and women have similar behaviors. "We are wired certain ways, all of us," she says. "It's not only to cheat, it's other behaviors: to gamble, to lie, to fantasize. We all have impulses to do certain things.
"What makes us different from the cavemen is that we have evolved," Dr. Berman continues. "We have evolved as a species, we have evolved as human beings, and that has to do with our brain, society, culture. It is not acceptable in our society to be cheaters."
Why Do Men Scratch?
Kimberly scratches her head and wonders why men, like her boyfriend, Ash, scratch their crotch. She asks if it is due to crabs (pubic lice), bad hygiene or jock itch.
Jock itch is a fungal infection that can cause a painful, burning sensation in the groin. It starts as a red, itchy rash on the thighs, groin or buttocks, and as the infection grows, so does the level of pain, itching and discomfort. The fungus is highly contagious and is often found on the floors of gyms, public showers and locker rooms. Infections usually start on the feet, but when a man pulls up his underwear, shorts or pants, the fungus is then transferred and nestles into the groin area. Like most fungi, they grow in warm, moist, dark areas.
Treatments for jock itch include keeping the groin area clean and dry and applying topical antifungal medications, which relieve the burning and pain. Wearing boxers instead of tight briefs can help by allowing the skin to breathe. A word of caution: Avoid baby powder, because it can make the condition worse.
Ash says he scratches because it's something men do naturally. "Women wouldn't understand this because they don't have external parts," he says.
"When you [scratch], it makes me think you need to see one of The Doctors!" Angela says.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon explains that it is normal for men to scratch their crotch. "There's not a worldwide epidemic of jock itch," he says. "We do have to arrange [our genitalia], and sometimes we have to just check to make sure it's OK."
"We'll give you ladies PMS," E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says, "but you've got to give us our ability to adjust!"
While men may need to adjust their genitalia, Steve says that they should try to avoid doing so in public. "You can be subtle," he says.
To see more of the heated debate, tune in February 25 for Battle of the Sexes, Round Two!