Many people (mostly men) believe that a menstruating woman is incapable of making decisions and should therefore not be taken seriously.
But a smallÂ new study has shown that to be faulty logic.
Researchers from Ruhr University Bochum and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki studied 88 menstruating women. They assessed each womanâ€™s general competence â€” including visuospatial working memory, attention, and cognitive bias â€” against their hormone levels, at four different points duringÂ two menstrual cycles.
They found no correlation between womenâ€™s cognitive function and their hormone levels during menstruation.
There was a slight change in working memory in the first menstrual cycle. However, this didnâ€™t occur in the second cycle, leading researches to believe that this was due to â€œrandom variation.â€ They concluded, â€œThere is no consistent association between womenâ€™s hormone levels â€” in particular estrogen and progesterone â€” and attention, working memory, and cognitive bias.â€
What that basically means is that there was no proof that menstruationÂ turns a womanÂ into an irrational person who canâ€™t make sensible decisions.
â€œI think this research shows very clearly that women function very well despite having hormonal changes,â€ lead author Brigitte Leeners noted. â€œYou cannot use hormonal changes as an excuse that there would be limitations in their performance.â€
Take that, sexism.