“Time Of The Month”

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House of Women – All Know

OK, I know; everyone understands that a woman’s "time of the month" affects her mental acuteness, body strength and social attitudes toward others. This is one reason God commands men to treat women as the weaker sex. Not as inferior females, but weaker than a man.2

Those with a household of daughters know, dry humor here, the dangers of "that time of the month."

Others are aware of the dreaded months, even years when a woman begins and is going through menopause.

Correction: well, everyone knows this except those who deny reality – which seems to be the situation among those in positions of power.

Just as Rachel used her "time of the month" to hide personal idols the women of today abuse womanhood to persue their idols. Or, in terms of today’s Christianity, selfish "personal gods" are hidden beneath a blanket of self centeredness.

How To Treat A Woman

For Listeners

Those who listen to The Consider Podcast will understand the point of this science.

In short, science, for the first time, has discovered the biological effects of menstruation upon women, both mentally and physically. To say nothing of how it effects those around a woman experiencing "that time of the month."

Just as every aspect of life influences the outcome of eternal life or eternal death, a woman’s ‘time of the month’ can have significant societal effects. It can ripple through the family, the city, the courtroom, and even an entire nation, underscoring the importance of understanding and acknowledging this natural process is critical to a robust culture.

  • Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them inside her camel’s saddle and was sitting on them. Laban searched through everything in the tent but found nothing. Rachel said to her father, "Don’t be angry, my lord, that I cannot stand up in your presence; I’m having my period." So he searched but could not find the household gods. (Genesis 31:34-35)

The Science

The continual fluctuation of hormones that govern the menstrual cycle not only impact the reproductive anatomy, but they also alter the brain. A recent study has provided us with understanding on the mechanisms behind this phenomenon.1

A group of researchers, including neuroscientists Elizabeth Rizor and Viktoriya Babenko from the University of California Santa Barbara, monitored the brain changes of 30 menstruating women throughout their menstrual cycles. They carefully documented the structural changes that occur as hormonal levels fluctuate.

According to the study, which has not yet undergone peer-review but is available on the preprint server bioRxiv, there are indications that the brain undergoes structural changes during menstruation that extend beyond the regions typically associated with the menstrual cycle.

According to the researchers, the findings of this study are the initial ones to reveal the concomitant alterations in white matter microstructure and cortical thickness across the entire brain, corresponding with the hormone fluctuations driven by the menstrual cycle.

The interaction between the brain and hormones may have an impact beyond the traditionally identified receptor-rich areas of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal-axis (HPG-axis).

Individuals who have menstrual cycles will go through approximately 450 periods throughout their lives. Therefore, it would be beneficial to understand the various impacts they may have on the body.

Despite being a common occurrence for half of the world’s population during half of their lives, there has been a lack of research on the topic as stated by sources such as Women’s Health, the Academy of Medical Sciences, and RAND. The reasons behind this underfunding remain a mystery, but it is a serious issue that has been largely ignored by the healthcare and research industry, as highlighted by Gavi.

The majority of studies exploring the impact of hormones on the brain have centered on the brain’s communication during cognitive tasks, rather than the physical structures of the brain itself.

According to Rizor, Babenko, and their research team (2021), the HPG-axis hormones’ recurring changes have significant impacts on the behavior, structure, and function of the mammalian central nervous system. However, there is limited knowledge on how these fluctuations affect the structural elements and communication pathways of the human brain.

The composition of white matter – the fatty network of nerve fibers that facilitate communication between sections of gray matter – has been observed to alter in response to hormonal fluctuations, such as puberty, use of oral contraceptives, gender-affirming hormone treatment, and post-menopausal estrogen therapy.

In order to tackle the lack of understanding about menstruation, the group utilized Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to capture images of their participants in three different menstrual stages: menses, ovulation, and the middle phase of the luteal period. Along with the MRI scans, the scientists also recorded the hormone levels of the subjects.

According to the findings, the levels of hormones have an impact on the changes in gray and white matter volumes, as well as the volume of cerebrospinal fluid.

During the pre-ovulation period, the brains of the participants displayed alterations in white matter, indicating a greater speed of information transfer, which coincided with the increase in hormones such as 17β-estradiol and luteinizing hormone. These hormones are known to rise just before ovulation, as described in the Wikipedia page for estradiol and the Cleveland Clinic website for luteinizing hormone.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, the hormone known as follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) plays a role in stimulating ovary follicles and typically increases before ovulation. Recent research has linked higher levels of FSH with an increase in gray matter thickness.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, Progesterone levels increase after ovulation and have been linked to larger tissue volume and reduced cerebrospinal fluid volume.

The impact of this on the individual controlling the mind is uncertain, however, the study establishes a foundation for future research, potentially leading to a better comprehension of the underlying factors behind rare yet serious mental health issues related to the menstrual cycle.

According to the researchers, while there is currently no reporting of the functional effects or associations with changes in brain structure, their discoveries could have implications for changes in behavior and cognition caused by hormones.

Understanding the relationship between hormones and the brain is crucial in comprehending the functioning of the human nervous system in both daily life and during periods of hormone transitions throughout the lifespan. 1

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Footnotes
1 Recap from: https://www.sciencealert.com/for-the-first-time-scientists-showed-structural-brain-wide-changes-during-menstruation
2 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. (1 Peter 3:7)
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