Your brain gets 1.3 years younger at ovulation, study shows

/Your brain gets 1.3 years younger at ovulation, study shows

Your brain gets 1.3 years younger at ovulation, study shows

Next time your ovulation rolls around, take a moment to appreciate how fast you’re thinking, how many genius ideas you come up with, your stellar memory and other brain skills. That’s because, according to a 2015 study in the journal NeuroImage, during ovulation your brain is about 1.3 years younger than its biological age.

The researchers discovered this by using a “BrainAGE” measurement–which uses MRI scans to examine the brain to determine its estimated chronological age (how old it is according to its structure) versus its true chronological age (how old it really is)–in seven women during menstruation, ovulation and the mid-luteal phase (the end of their Week 3 when progesterone peaks) of their monthly cycle.

The researchers found that when estrogen peaks during ovulation, the brain’s structure essentially goes back in time, increasing in grey matter volume, helping it function better!

[Photo: Neil Conway]

By | 2018-09-09T13:05:33+00:00 July 13th, 2016|hormone research, hormonology tip, ovulation, Week 2|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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