Title

The Effect of the Lunar Cycle on the Female Reproductive System

School Name

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School

Grade Level

9th Grade

Presentation Topic

Psychology

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Written Paper Award

1st Place

Abstract

The purpose of this experiment was to determine how the lunar cycle affects the female reproductive system. It was hypothesized that when the lunar cycle is in the full moon phase, there will be a higher percentage of people experiencing ovulation, higher aggression levels, and less sleep. In contrast, during the new moon phase, more people will record that they experienced menstruation, lower sexual desire levels, and a happier mood. After getting Human Consent Forms read and signed by a parent or guardian, 26 Heathwood Hall Upper School students (boys and girls of varying grades ranging from 9-12) completed forms regarding their reproductive system and everyday life, such as if they were menstruating or ovulating that day, as well as their sleep hours, sex drive level, and mood, among others. These forms were completed for four days on and/or surrounding the new and full moons for 4 trials (two new moons and two full moons). Each form was then separated by sex and moon phase and analyzed. It was concluded that during the new moon, more subjects recorded they had experienced menstruation. Additionally, during the full moon, more subjects experienced ovulation, higher sexual desire levels, and increased volatile aggression levels and sleep hours. A relationship between sleep hours and mood was identified, considering that when each gender experienced less sleep, they recorded a more negative mood. This project rejected the null hypothesis that there is no relationship between the lunar cycle and the female reproductive system.

Location

Founders Hall 251 B

Start Date

3-30-2019 11:00 AM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

Group Project

No

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Mar 30th, 11:00 AM

The Effect of the Lunar Cycle on the Female Reproductive System

Founders Hall 251 B

The purpose of this experiment was to determine how the lunar cycle affects the female reproductive system. It was hypothesized that when the lunar cycle is in the full moon phase, there will be a higher percentage of people experiencing ovulation, higher aggression levels, and less sleep. In contrast, during the new moon phase, more people will record that they experienced menstruation, lower sexual desire levels, and a happier mood. After getting Human Consent Forms read and signed by a parent or guardian, 26 Heathwood Hall Upper School students (boys and girls of varying grades ranging from 9-12) completed forms regarding their reproductive system and everyday life, such as if they were menstruating or ovulating that day, as well as their sleep hours, sex drive level, and mood, among others. These forms were completed for four days on and/or surrounding the new and full moons for 4 trials (two new moons and two full moons). Each form was then separated by sex and moon phase and analyzed. It was concluded that during the new moon, more subjects recorded they had experienced menstruation. Additionally, during the full moon, more subjects experienced ovulation, higher sexual desire levels, and increased volatile aggression levels and sleep hours. A relationship between sleep hours and mood was identified, considering that when each gender experienced less sleep, they recorded a more negative mood. This project rejected the null hypothesis that there is no relationship between the lunar cycle and the female reproductive system.