Careful, you form more stressful memories in Week 3 and Week 4

/Careful, you form more stressful memories in Week 3 and Week 4

Careful, you form more stressful memories in Week 3 and Week 4

My HormonologyEver wonder why some negative experiences or stories stick to your brain like glue and others quickly fade from memory?

A study in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology provides a clue: During Week 3 and most of Week 4 of your cycle (approximately 15 to 25 days after the onset of your period), progesterone prompts changes in the brain that help it store emotionally-charged experiences—such as frightening news reports, a heated argument with a friend or scary movie—more effectively into your memory banks, making them easier to recall later on.

It’s likely this hormone’s way of helping to keep you safe in the future by reminding you of potential threats to steer away from.

But, now that you know when this happens, you can avoid accidentally filling up your noggin with unpleasant memories! All it takes is remembering that once Week 3 rolls around, it’s time to skip unnecessary negative news reports, try to compromise with a pal before a conflict escalates and save fright flicks for the first half of your cycle when progesterone levels drop.

By | 2018-08-12T17:01:30+00:00 June 22nd, 2013|hormone research, hormonology tip|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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