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Menstruation ‘does not affect women’s brain functions’

5th July 2017

A new study has challenged the common perception that women's menstrual cycles have a measurable impact on their cognitive performance.

Led by the Medical School Hannover and University Hospital Zurich, the study recruited 68 women, who underwent detailed monitoring to investigate changes in three selected cognitive processes at different stages in the menstrual cycle.

Results from the first cycle suggested that women's periods had an effect on cognitive bias and attention, but these findings could not be replicated in the second cycle. Moreover, the researchers found no differences in performance between individuals, nor any changes in individual performances over time.

The findings would appear to contradict the feeling many women have that their menstrual cycle influences their wellbeing and cognitive performance, although further research involving a greater number of subjects may be necessary to verify this.

Team leader Professor Brigitte Leeners, of the Medical School Hannover and University Hospital Zurich, said: "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."

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