Many people (mostly men) believe that a menstruating woman is incapable of making decisions and should therefore not be taken seriously.
But a small??new study has shown that to be faulty logic.
Researchers from Ruhr University Bochum and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki studied 88 menstruating women. They assessed each woman?€?s general competence ?€¡± including visuospatial working memory, attention, and cognitive bias ?€¡± against their hormone levels, at four different points during??two menstrual cycles.
They found no correlation between women?€?s cognitive function and their hormone levels during menstruation.
There was a slight change in working memory in the first menstrual cycle. However, this didn?€?t occur in the second cycle, leading researches to believe that this was due to ?€?random variation.?€? They concluded, ?€?There is no consistent association between women?€?s hormone levels ?€¡± in particular estrogen and progesterone ?€¡± and attention, working memory, and cognitive bias.?€?
What that basically means is that there was no proof that menstruation??turns a woman??into an irrational person who can?€?t make sensible decisions.
?€?I think this research shows very clearly that women function very well despite having hormonal changes,?€? lead author Brigitte Leeners noted. ?€?You cannot use hormonal changes as an excuse that there would be limitations in their performance.?€?
Take that, sexism.