Women May Have Slower Concussion Recovery If Injured During Periods

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Women, who suffer a concussion in the days leading up to their menstrual period, experience much slower concussion recovery of their injury.

Women, who suffer a concussion in the days leading up to their menstrual period, experience much slower concussion recovery of their injury. According to the results of a new study, the phase of the woman’s menstrual cycle during which she suffers the brain injury does have a lot to do with the outcome.

The study was conducted by scientists at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. The researchers analyzed 144 women who suffered a mild brain injury, like a concussion. These women were evaluated in the hospital a month after the injury.

The researchers found during the follow-up evaluation month later, that the women, who had suffered a concussion in the two weeks before their menstrual period, had an overall poor perception of their general health after the concussion. They were also much more likely to experience symptoms of the concussion, like headaches and dizziness days after.

In contrast, women who had suffered the concussion in the two weeks after their menstrual period seemed to have much faster recovery. Women who were on birth control pills also seemed to have a much quicker pace of recovery after a brain injury. The results of the study were published recently in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.

According to the researchers, there is a simple explanation for this slower pace of recovery at a specific time of the month. It could have much to do with the levels of progesterone, a hormone which is believed to have protective effects on the brain. Any stressful event can cause the brain’s pituitary gland, which is responsible for the generation of progesterone, to shut down. A brain injury like a concussion could qualify as that kind of stressful event. Not surprisingly, women who were injured during this time of the month, continued to have symptoms of the injury for days later.

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