Monday, January 05, 2015

Women, synch quitting smoking to your period

A researcher at the Univ of Montreal has studied the female cycle and shown that the uncontrollable urges to smoke are stronger at the beginning of the follicular phase--right after menstruation. Estrogen and progesterone deepen withdrawal symptoms, she theorizes.

They worked with 34 men and women who smoked more than 15 cigs a day. The subjects filled out questionnaires and underwent MRI brain scans while they looked at neutral pix or pix designed to make them want to smoke.

The women were scanned twice--at the beginning of the follicular stage and later in the cycle, the luteal phase.

Women have a harder time quitting than men--even when they smoke the same amount. Among young people, tobacco use by women is on the increase. The scientists think stress, anxiety and depression have a lot to do with it.

So instead of vive la differenace--we have darn that differance.

What does this mean in terms of timing cessation? I would say maybe not stop right after your period. The researchers offered no advice on this.

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