Period pain is nothing but an inconvenience, it always seems to happen at the most awkward times and can cause discomfort – but new research suggest that it can also make us that little bit more stupid.
British researchers have found that the pain can reduce cognitive performance.
Not only does it reduce attention span, but ladies suffering from period pain performed less well in compute-based tasks, according to scientists at the University of Bath.
Lead author Dr Ed Keogh, from the university’s Department of Psychology, told the Mail Online: ‘Pain is an extremely common experience and can have a disruptive effect on all our daily lives.
‘Our research looked at how common everyday pain, experienced by many women each month, affects their ability to perform a range of complex tasks.
‘This shows that the effects of pain go beyond the sensory experience, affecting what we think and feel.
‘We know that the impact of pain can be widespread.
'The more we understand about how people experience pain, the better mechanisms we can put in place to help people cope.’
52 adults completed tests to examine their attention and it was evident that period pain reduced overall performance.