Yeah Science! Debunking The Myth That Periods Reduce Your Ability To Think
There are only a few things surrounded by much more fantasy than periods. New scientific study, however, is helping to debunk one major misconception: Periods make you forgetful, slow, and generally not able to function like a normal human.
The study, published today in the journal , appeared at if menstruating affects a woman's concentration, memory, cognitive bias, and ability to manage numerous tasks.
Lo and behold, they found no consistent connection between menstrual cycles and reduced cognitive performance.
"The hormonal changes related to the menstrual cycle don't demonstrate any association with cognitive performance," study author Professor Brigitte Leeners stated in a statement. "Although there might be different exceptions, women's cognitive performance is in general not bothered by hormonal changes occurring with the menstrual cycle ."
They analyzed the cognitive operation of 88 girls from Germany and Switzerland at four unique times during their menstrual cycle, then re-tested 68 of them during a second menstrual cycle. They also measured their levels of oestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone in four phases during their cycle.
Though some hormones have been correlated with changes across the initial cycle in a few of the girls, these effects weren't found in the subsequent cycle. This led the team to conclude that there's "no consistent association" between a woman's hormone levels and how sharp their brain is.
This fantasy about menstruation has continued to persist, with lots of fresh scientific further muddying the waters.
In addition, only last month in a meeting with Oliver Stone, : "I'm not a woman, so that I don't have bad days. I am not trying to defraud anyone. That is just the nature of things. There are certain natural cycles ."
Professor Leeners says that the idea appears to run so profoundly, lots of women are prone to think it also: "As a specialist in reproductive medicine and also a psychotherapist, I treat many girls who have the belief that the menstrual cycle affects their well-being and cognitive performance ."
The study indicates that previous scientific study that found a connection between menstrual cycle and cognitive functioning were "more likely to inflated impact sizes and likely false positive findings due to methodological biases and random variance." Additionally, many previous studies don't follow women across at least two consecutive menstrual cycles.
The investigators warn that more work needs to be performed, as their research did have some constraints. For starters, their sample size was rather small, although bigger than many comparable menstrual studies up to now. In follow-up studies, they want to involve more women, especially those with thyroid ailments, and further develop their cognitive evaluations.
From Tom Hale