Summer is here and how. We have broken all the records as the temperature is soaring to an all-time high. You might be prepping for this hot weather, but what we want to know is how are you planning to take care of your periods?
Thinking about why you need to do it? Well, as per a renowned ob-gyn, hot weather can impact your period.
Don’t look zapped, because we aren’t kidding. Come let’s read what the doctor actually has to say about the connection between summer and periods.
“There is a connection between hot weather and periods. Yes, you have heard it right! Periods during those sunny days can be unpleasant and steal your peace of mind. Various studies have confirmed that a large amount of sun exposure impacts the length of our period. Equally, when people move to a new area where the weather is either hotter or colder, the body will not be able to regulate automatically. The periods can be longer and more frequent during the summer season,” says Dr Preethika Shetty, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Motherhood Hospitals, Kharadi, Pune.
According to the evidence, vitamin D helps the body to increase the production of the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which regulates reproductive functions. Hot weather means more ovarian activity and longer periods, added the expert.
There is also evidence that the temperature may not exactly impact the periods, but it can aggravate the symptoms of periods such as fatigue, stress, acne, and even discomfort. One may also have a yeast infection that can give a tough time during menstruation.
Here are some steps to keep your menstrual cycle in check during the summer
1) Stay hydrated and drink at least 3- 4 litre of water
2) Coconut water is literally the saviour. You see coconut is packed with electrolytes and that will help your PMS to soothe
3) Exercise regularly
4) Must eat fresh fruits as they are filled with vitamins and minerals that you need to keep your menstrual health in check during summer
5) Wear cotton undergarments and comfortable outfits when you are bleeding
6) Change pads frequently to avoid rashes. A menstrual cup can be an amazing option
7) Must avoid salty snacks as it would cause more water retention
8) Must reduce or say no to alcohol which will cause more dehydration
So ladies, if you are way too cranky during your periods in summer then now you know how to tackle them – make the most of it.