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Women's periods have nothing to do with her cognitive skills, experts say

The popular belief said that women who are menstruating experience a brain fog.

India TV Lifestyle Desk India TV Lifestyle Desk New Delhi Updated on: July 05, 2017 16:32 IST
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Women's hormones have nothing to do with her cognitive bias

There’s a popular belief that periods hamper a woman’s working memory but a recent study has begged to differ. It has found that period has nothing to do with a woman’s memory, decision making ability or concentration power. The findings have confirmed that the levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone in the body have no effect on your working memory, cognitive bias, etc. People have often believed that women who are menstruating aren’t able to work at top mental pitch. But the researchers have found evidence to dismantle this belief completely. 

While some hormones were associated with changes across one cycle in some of the women taking part, these effects did not repeat in the following cycle. Altogether, none of the hormones the team  studied had any replicable or consistent effect of the participant’s cognition.

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 Lead researcher Brigitte Leeners said, "As a specialist in reproductive medicine and a psychotherapist, I deal with many women who have the impression that the menstrual cycle influences their well-being and cognitive performance."

The team, working from the Medical School Hannover and University Hospital Zürich, recruited 68 women to undergo detailed monitoring to investigate changes in three selected cognitive processes at different stages in the menstrual cycle.The results from the first cycle suggested that cognitive bias and attention were affected and these results were not replicated in the second cycle.

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The team looked for differences in performance between individuals and changes in individuals' performance over time, and found none.

Leeners added, "The hormonal changes related to the menstrual cycle do not show any association with cognitive performance. Although there might be individual exceptions, women's cognitive performance is in general not disturbed by hormonal changes occurring with the menstrual cycle."

The research is published in journal of Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 

(With ANI Inputs) 


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