One unusual thing you do more often during your period–without realizing it

/One unusual thing you do more often during your period–without realizing it

One unusual thing you do more often during your period–without realizing it

turnIf you’re in your Week 1–your period week–do me a favor: Before you continue reading, stand up, walk a few paces, then turn around and come back. Then repeat this walk-and-turn at least one more time. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Did you do it? If so, think about which direction you turned each time when you walked back–was it to the left or to the right?

Chances are, you turned to the right.

That’s the word from a 1997 study in the journal Hormones and Behavior that found most women tend to make more right turns during their menstrual week than during other weeks of their cycle.

The researchers admit they’re not sure why this occurs, but suspect estrogen affects certain pathways in the brain that give us a “turning bias”–the tendency to turn one way or the other without consciously deciding the direction.

While this isn’t an incredibly useful study and has no real practical application (except for placing bets on unsuspecting menstruating women), it is pretty interesting and serves as an important reminder of the many varied ways hormones impact us every day in ways we never even considered.

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By | 2018-09-04T14:53:40+00:00 January 27th, 2015|hormone research, hormonology tip, Week 1|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by participating in her fundraiser at

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