READER QUESTION: “Can my hormones affect my driving?”

/READER QUESTION: “Can my hormones affect my driving?”

READER QUESTION: “Can my hormones affect my driving?”

My HormonologyMandi, a Facebook friend, asks if it’s normal to have difficulty driving in her premenstrual Week 4. Specifically, “difficulty with backing up and steering the right way to pulling into the parking space straight. These are usually my weaker points, but it seems much worse during week 4. Maybe it’s an increased lack of coordination?”

My answer: Your dexterity and coordination definitely do decrease during your premenstrual Week 4 due to plunging estrogen. On top of that spatial skills (which help you visualize images in your head, helping you to figure out how to move objects) are low. And these are the very skills needed to help move your car into a parking space, parallel park or back up.

Interestingly, research shows that spatial skills in women peak during their period. The theory is that low-but-rising estrogen on these days allows the effects of testosterone (a hormone that boosts spatial skills) to shine through, making you excel at anything that requires these abilities–such as parking a car, putting together a piece of furniture or figuring out a new route to a destination (for when you left your GPS at home).

Luckily, research (like this study out of the University of Toronto) shows you can have better spatial skills every day of your cycle by simply playing video games–specifically those that require you to manipulate images in your head, like Tetris. The more you play, the better your spatial skills become!

By | 2018-01-26T19:29:41+00:00 August 24th, 2013|reader question, Week 1, Week 4|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 apps and Female Forecaster app. She teaches how hormones impact a woman's moods, health and behavior in talks and workshops.

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