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7 Lifestyle Habits That Affect Your Periods

Updated: Jun 1, 2022

You wanna know something?

Your period gets affected by your lifestyle habits. Yep, the daily mundane things that you are not doing right, are messing up your menstrual cycle.

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Every time your period is late, it does not have to be a pregnancy scare. Even though you know you are only on the first base with your boyfriend, missing your period brings a series of panic attacks. But most scares are false.

Our environment and habits have a great effect on our reproductive cycle's health.

Here are seven lifestyle factors to keep in mind:

  1. Diet

  2. Sleep

  3. Stress

  4. Weight

  5. Medications

  6. Extreme exercise regime

  7. Excessive Smoking and Alcohol

How do they affect your period?

Diet

I know all these fad diets force you to limit your carbs and fats to zero. But a girls got to eat to bleed. Certain vitamins are needed for the formation of ovulation hormones. If there is a vitamin deficiency, hormone production is hindered.


Sleep

Sleep regulates the level of melatonin production, a hormone responsible for good menstrual health. The body needs 8 hours of sleep to function properly. If you are binge-watching shows till late at night and not sleeping well, it might affect your periods.


Stress

It is normal to have hard times. Stress -emotional or physical, takes a toll on your body and interferes with the daily functioning of the body. When your body is stressed, the brain shuts down the hormones needed to ovulate. It thinks that the body is weak and hence cannot prepare for a pregnancy.


Weight

Fluctuations in weight and body fat can cause irregular periods. Celebrity body transformations are usually accompanied by menstrual irregularities. Weight loss can lead to lighter periods. On the other hand, weight gain can either lead to heavy flow or cause unpredictable periods.


Medications

Most of us don't realize that the medications we take, from aspirin to antidepressants, from mini-pills to antipsychotics, could affect our period. They can be helpful in relieving pain, while some can end up causing missed periods or more flow. In any case, it's worthwhile to get to know your body throughout your cycle and to schedule regular appointments with your gynecologist to ensure that you have regular periods.


Extreme Workout

Everybody wants to achieve their dream body. But working out too hard might impact your menstrual health. An extreme physical regime can lead to lighter periods, sometimes, even skipping a period. The body needs a certain amount of fat to ovulate properly.


Excessive Smoking and Alcohol

Consumption of junk substances in excessive amounts shuts down the brain. Female chain-smokers complain of painful menstrual cycles. Drinking excessive alcohol can affect ovaries and raise progesterone levels leading to irregular periods.


How to improve menstrual health?

All these factors are normal and everyone is a prey to these. But do not worry, here are some tips to help combat these risk factors:

  • Meditating for 10 minutes daily can help decrease stress levels, in a few days. Try breathing exercises to overcome stress.

  • Taking care of your diet and eating healthy to get fit, not slim nor fat, should be your motto. Align your body goals with health goals.

  • Try to sleep for 8 hours daily. Damon Salvatore can wait!

And do not forget to use our Period Calendar to track your cycle month by month with our easy tracking tool. Plan a period-free beach trip or a large event like a wedding. If you're trying, you can track your peak ovulation times.


 

KANAN GUPTA
Content writer at Entimessi

A persuasive content writer that will provide you with all the guides on making your life easier. The niches that she writes for are women's fashion, lifestyle, food reviews, technical know-hows. She has a great grasp over financial knowledge too.


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