Everyone experiences stress at some point of time, and that can lead to changes in one’s menstrual cycle. Yes, you heard it right! Stress caused by traumatic events has been associated with dramatic changes in normal menstruation patterns. It is the need of the hour to lead a stress-free life and have a happy period. To do so, you will have to embrace a healthy lifestyle. Read on to know more about this and you can thank us later!
Women, are you stressed out due to the pandemic? Is work from home snatching away your peace of mind? Is it getting difficult to strike a work/life balance? Do you find it difficult to do your daily chores owing to the lack of help? Then, you will be shocked to know that being stressed can alter your menstrual cycles.
Stress arising from any situation can lead to rapid breathing, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, frequent urination, and irregular or missed periods. Yes, stress will take a toll on the female reproductive system. One will also experience a condition known as amenorrhoea, wherein the periods will stop on a temporary basis. Stress affects the frequency and duration of the period.
Dysmenorrhoea that is menstrual cramping is also linked to stress, and can result in painful periods. Did you know? Hormones are released by the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, which creates a response in one’s ovaries. The menstrual flow is determined by the smooth balance created between hormones estrogen and progesterone. Thus, stress will disturb the hormonal pattern. This causes missed periods, delayed bleeding, breakthrough bleeding, or an early period. Stress will cause the body to delay or entirely suppress one’s ovulation. Thus, cortisol, a stress hormone can wreak havoc on your menstrual cycle.