Health & Fitness 7 ways you could be making your periods worse

10:04  07 february  2018
10:04  07 february  2018 Source:   Netdoctor (UK)

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7 Ways You 're Unknowingly Making Your Period Worse . Your cycle sucks enough. Hate to break it to you , but you could be making that time of the month extra grueling by committing one of these (menstruation) sins.

(BTW, things could get worse if the birth control pill you 're taking isn't very suitable to your body.) Rigorous exercise (like training for a marathon) can lead to hormonal imbalances which in turn will make your periods less frequent.

7 ways you could be making your periods worse © Ulrike Schmitt-Hartmann / Getty 7 ways you could be making your periods worse Periods come round every month dishing out their fair share of pain, moodiness and general faff and - while there's all sorts we could be doing to make this time of the month a bit easier for ourselves - the chances are that some of your everyday habits are having the opposite effect.

Here are 7 things that could be making your period even worse than it is already, so that you know for next time...

1. You've skipped the Pill (more than once)

What's the biggest cause for kill-me-now PMS symptoms? An unbalanced change in hormones, says Sherry Ross, M.D., a Los Angeles-based gynaecologist. Since the Pill is *all* about playing with your body's system, forgetting more than three doses can lead to irregular spotting and bleeding. Also, a note about birth control and your cycle: All methods (except condoms) can affect your period differently, so make sure you talk to your doctor about what will best suit you.

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These bad habits can make you feel worse when you have your period . Remember: get plenty of rest, stay hydrated and do some gentle exercise if you can manage it. Those little things can go a long way to making your period more bearable!

You could doing a few things to make your period worse than it needs to be , but most of them are surprisingly easy to fix. And even dairy products can disrupt hormones, contribute to bloating and cramps and generally worsen symptoms.

2. You're stressed

Stress can mess with all aspects of your life, including your period. Stress causes your body to release cortisol-the fight or flight hormone-and that constant state can change your menstrual habits, and in many cases, cause irregular or a loss of menses, says M.D., author of V Is for Vagina.

3. You don't have a normal sleep schedule

We know that eight hours of sleep isn't always possible, but one study published in the journal Health Care Women International suggests that sleep disturbances - taken from data working with nurses and their ever-changing shifts, so you know it's legit - can cause menstrual irregularities. So if you aren't sleeping enough, you could experience longer periods.

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4. You drink a lot of coffee

One big emotional downer to PMS is that it can cause things such as anxiety, tension, insomnia, and irritability. However, if you're trying to remedy these symptoms with a caffeine boost, Dweck says you'll actually end up making things worse.

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This can be excruciatingly painful, and cause bleeding between periods , infertility issues and more. What your anxiety could be trying to tell you . 7 ways you 're unknowingly making your period worse .

So why the hell would you want to make it worse than it already is ? Also, a note about birth control and your cycle: all methods (except, well, condoms) can affect your period differently, so make sure you talk to your doctor.

5. You're always traveling

It all comes back to your sleep schedule - especially if you're travelling to different time zones when your melatonin production levels are off their normalcy, says Ross. Your body will adjust to your location, but in the meantime, expect delayed periods.

6. You drink a lot of alcohol

Alcohol may help you relax a little at the end of a hellish week, but it's terrible for your period, according to Dweck and Ross. Experts suggest that too much boozing can actually prolong cramps.

7. You work out *too* much

Exercise is great, and working out can often help relieve symptoms. However, overdoing it with daily rigorous exercise and physical stress can also lead to hormonal imbalances (see above), says Ross.

Instead, Dweck says that opting for regular light to moderate exercise for 30 minutes a day can will help relieve your PMS struggles.

Related: Here's Why Periods Make You Gasy (Provided by Wochit News)

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Your period is bad enough, why would you want to make it worse ? Scientists from the University of Maryland found that drinking too much alcohol actually worsens PMS symptoms and increases the severity of a woman's cramps.

The devastating pain you felt when Zayn left 1D is NOTHING compared to those monthly cramps. There are a number of medical conditions that can affect your period (like endometriosis), but you could also be unknowingly making them WAY worse by doing these things

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