Can stress affect your period?
Ever wondered if stress was the reason for the change in your menstrual cycle?
Let’s be honest a missed, late, heavy, or painful period when you’re already stressed, really doesn’t help your situation! But understanding a bit about stress and how it creates a change in your cycle can offer reassurance and show that you’re not alone when dealing with unpredictable periods because of stress.
What is stress?
It may seem obvious, but everyone is affected by stress! However, the way we react and manage it is different from person to person.
When life throws you an unexpected curveball, your body can react to the situation by making you feel tired, irritable, and completely exhausted. Why? When you’re feeling anxious, your body goes into a ‘fight or flight’ mode and releases stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol.
How does stress affect periods?
When your cortisol levels increase, it can put your menstrual cycle temporarily on hold. It’s your body’s way of raising a red flag and letting you know that you need to slow things down and take care of you.
Do you think stress is affecting your monthly? Here are some tell-tale signs:
Irregular or missed periods
Try not to panic if your period is late or MIA, as stress can cause an irregular cycle. If you’ve taken a pregnancy test and it’s negative, be prepared for your upcoming period with some Bloom & Nora reusable sanitary pads safely stored in your bag for just-in-case days!
If you’ve missed your period more than twice and aren’t pregnant, book a quick check-up with your GP.
If you notice spotting mid-cycle, it’s probably nothing to worry about, especially if you’ve felt stressed or anxious over the past few days. You can protect your underwear with our comfy and petite reusable panty liners.
If you see spotting on your underwear fairly frequently, then it’s best to speak to your GP.
If you feel that your PMS intensifies with stress, you wouldn’t be completely off! There’s a link between stress and dysmenorrhoea (painful menstruation). Check out our blog for the best foods and exercises to help soothe PMS here.
How to deal with stress
The best way to help combat stress is to try and relax…we know that’s pretty hard to do when life gets in the way of you finding your ultimate zen, but we’re here to offer some of top tips for de-stressing that work for us!
Find time for you – We know meditation may not be for everyone (!) but finding a hobby that explores mindfulness can make you feel 10 times better after a full-on day. Trust us!
Get physical – The activity choice is yours but getting your body moving will boost your endorphin levels. It’s recommended that you spend 30 minutes a day exercising.
Pamper yourself – When you make it to the end of a long day, it’s time to treat yourself. Treating yourself can be a great motivator and help you to get stuff done.
Laughter is key! - Having good times with friends and family will boost your endorphins making you feel good, helping balance out your stress levels.
Eat well – Although we love to tuck into a takeaway when we’re feeling down, sometimes that’s not always the best thing to do! Cooking a meal that’s rich in nutrients will not only help to keep your mind busy but provide your body with a meal that balances your hormones.
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