What’s the hormone-concussion connection?

/What’s the hormone-concussion connection?

What’s the hormone-concussion connection?

My HormonologyHave you ever had a concussion? I’ve had three doozies so far–and I don’t even play sports. Well, now a study from the University of Rochester reveals that the week you’re on in your menstrual cycle can affect how quickly or slowly you recover from the head-banger.

In the study, the researchers found that women who suffered a concussion during the second half of their cycle (Week 3 and Week 4) had a poorer outcome and worse pain, a lower mood and other related problems one month after the injury than women who received a concussion during the first half of their cycle (Week 1 and Week 2) or who were taking hormone birth control.

The researchers theorize that a blow to the head during the second half of your cycle can abruptly shut down the body’s production of progesterone, triggering a quick withdrawal that can slow brain healing.

While you hopefully will never need to use this information, if you do get a big bounce to the head, be sure to check your menstrual cycle calendar. If you’re in the second half of your cycle, give your doctor a copy of this study to alert her that you may take a bit longer to heal. Then, be sure to baby your head and give yourself more time to recuperate.

 

By | 2017-04-22T12:00:17+00:00 November 13th, 2013|health, hormonology tip, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman, founder of Hormonology® and a longtime women’s health journalist, pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and know more about all the ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior. This movement was launched in 2005 with Gabrielle's groundbreaking book, 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential, and her creation of Hormonology®. She offers a variety of tools--including her popular free Hormone Horoscope® app, eBooks, infographics, videos and tips--to share vital information about hormones.

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