New Study Challenges The Idea That Your Period Affects Your Brain

Menstrual periods can bring on bothersome and even debilitating symptoms, from acne to an upset stomach to an increase in intense emotions. But the existence of “period brain,” a purported decrease in a woman’s cognitive abilities around the time of and during her period, is still controversial.

A recent European study refutes the idea of period brain, finding that menstruation has no influence on a woman’s cognitive performance.

For the research, published this month in

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