It’s hot as hell but can a rise in temperature affect your periods? Sadly, yes

Published on: 12 April 2022, 09:00 am IST

Mercury is hitting an all-time high and sadly it is impacting the way you bleed.

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Beware of the rising mercury because it is eyeing your periods. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

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.

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Are your period problems rising with the soaring temperature? We’ll tell you why. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

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.

Decoding the connection between temperature and menstruation

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.

  • Hormone fluctuations during your menstruation can make your body retain more water and salt than usual. Thus, bloating is seen commonly during menstruation. One also becomes dehydrated in the heat, causing even more bloat.
  • “Are you aware? The longer days in summer will cause your body to produce less melatonin (a hormone that signals to your body that it’s time to go to sleep) making a good night’s sleep even more challenging. The body tends to use extra energy while menstruating, so you may feel tired during the period,” says Dr Shetty.
  • Headaches are common symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Dehydration in hot temperatures can also lead to headaches during periods. It will be imperative for women to embrace lifestyle changes such as eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, and drinking enough water. Doing so can help to reduce PMS symptoms.

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But can you tackle your periods during summer? Thankfully, yes

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

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Include all seasonal fruits in your diet to keep a check on your periods. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

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.

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

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