Monday, January 05, 2015
Women, synch quitting smoking to your period
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.