How your periods might be affecting your wellbeing

 5 ways your periods might be affecting your wellbeing

By: Anyango Russo
How your periods might be affecting your wellbeing
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First of all this post is not professional advice on menstrual cycle. It’s only to raise awareness on how your periods might be affecting your wellbeing. If you think you need professional help then you should get one from a qualified professional. 

Like every woman our periods experiences are so different. Some women have pain free, shorter and regular periods while some have longer, painful and irregular periods.  It took me a while to realise that my period somehow affected my life in ways I never thought of. Because the symptom would occur weeks before my actual period so it was hard to know why I felt the way I did. 

Beside mood swings and the painful cramps have detailed various ways on how your periods might be affecting your wellbeing.

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Decreased energy level

Because of the changes in estrogen level you are more likely to experience fatigue in weeks leading to your periods. This is something that took  me longer to pin down because my fatigue would kick in weeks before the start of my period. It hugely affected various areas of my life. Then one day I read that my periods could be the culprit. I went to my doctor and we set out to see the patterns.

Tracking your cycle will help you record various changes to your body, mood, appetite and general wellbeing. This will also help you to know when to plan high energy level  activities. I now plan my life around my cycle and have added new ways to improve my energy level during my low energy level weeks. I guess the most important thing is I now know when my fatigue is just about to kick in and I know why.

Periods are not too gross, too weird or too inapropriate to talk about.

I use the Flo app to track my cycle. It has free and premium options. The free option has everything you need to get started. Also you will be able to have access to a community of women going through the same thing you might be going through. They also have various hilarious period stories and various period hacks like how to prevent ‘bedtime leaks’.

insomnia

Your menstrual cycle can also affect your sleep. This can happen 3 to 6 days before the start of your period. So if you usually sleep well but suddenly insomia kicks in a few times each month, then you should consider your period as a potential causes of your insomia. Tracking your cylce for a duration of time should be able to help you be sure.

“Menstrual blood is the only source of blood that is not traumatically induced. Yet in modern society, this is the most hidden blood, the one so rarely spoken of and almost never seen, except privately by women”

– Judy Grahn –

Change in eating habits

Weeks leading to your period you might realise that you feel hungrier than usual and eat more often. This is because our body’s metabolism increases during our menstrual cycle, hence our body spends more energy when we are at rest. So if you find yourself eating more than usual this could be why. It’s important to speak to your doctor about any significant changes to your health. There might be a totally different cause to the changes in your eating. 

Highly irritable

Being aware that you period can make you highly irritable is the best way to keep yourself accountable. And be on the lookout for triggers and signs. I have to say this is  a struggle. So far and workouts and mediation helps a little bit.

How your periods might be affecting your wellbeing

” Every story, each poem that a person shares, each voices that speaks against menstrual taboo, inspires me.”

– Additi Gupta –

Mental health

If you didn’t know periods can cause several mental health issues such as PMDD (Premenstrual dysphoric disorder). The commonly known PMS (premenstrual syndrome) is a symptom that some women experience in weeks leading to their periods. The symptoms may include mood swings, fatigue,  tummy pain, skin breakouts and headaches. PMDD is a severe form of PMS. PMDD symptoms are worse because they can have a serious impact on your daily life. PMDD can trigger vaiour mental health issues such as stress  and anxiety. And it can also significantly affect your normal daily life.  Mind mental health organisation explains in detail what PMDD is and what symptoms to look for and how to get help.  

Lastly I would like to emphasize that this is not professional advice. It’s only to raise awareness to something you might need to speak to your doctor about and I hope you found it insightful. 

12 Replies to “How your periods might be affecting your wellbeing”

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    Ashlee says: 1 June, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    Legit, I was reading this and going ‘ is she me?’ lol. We never really think about the scope our periods, but I also get all the symptoms leading up to the flow week and I had just accepted it, but now I get to be more aware of it and be way kinder and nicer to myself, especially during this time.

    1. Mercy
      Mercy says: 1 June, 2020 at 5:38 pm

      Thank you, knowing what happens in your body is sure to help you understand why you feel certain ways 🙂

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    Lisa says: 1 June, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    I know exactly what you’re talking about. I definitely have less energy, and my appetite drops.

    1. Mercy
      Mercy says: 1 June, 2020 at 5:36 pm

      I’m the opposite my appetite goes up for like a week before lol.

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    Fiona Cambouropoulos says: 1 June, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    Yep, I think I can relate to all these signs. Not every month, but atleast one or more each time.

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    Heather says: 2 June, 2020 at 2:39 am

    My anxiety level increases a lot right before. It’s insane and I think of every symptom, that’s the worst!

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    Clare M says: 2 June, 2020 at 9:03 am

    I get so tired and feel drained when I’m on my periods. I also don’t sleep as well

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    Marysa says: 2 June, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    These things are so true. I have had ups and downs over the years, but overall it is just something hard to deal with, from going to work or going on vacation.

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    Melanie williams says: 3 June, 2020 at 10:42 am

    I know what you mean with this…mine fluctuates all the time and it drives me crazy for sure x

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    Monidipa says: 3 June, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Although this post is not a medical advice but your points and suggestions are legit.

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    Eloise says: 4 June, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    I can relate to this article! After my liver failure in 2012 due to Wilson’s disease my periods began to affect my wellbeing. It never happened before my liver failure! I get migraines with my period and feel more anxiety and stress around that time of the month, it’s so annoying and frustrating.
    great info!

    1. Mercy
      Mercy says: 5 June, 2020 at 11:49 am

      Hi Eloise, thanks for sharing, I hope you have found ways to work around and improve your wellbeing during your periods, sending over virtual hug 🙂

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