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Prolactin, the milk-producing hormone in humans, inhibits ovulation. Hence, mothers of exclusively breastfed babies get a period 6–8 months after delivery. Bottlefeeding mothers may get into the flow much earlier, as early as 4 weeks after delivery. Remember, pregnancy is a possibility even if your period hasn't resumed. An iron-rich diet and herbs such as moringa, garden cress, and shatavari can help ease you into the menstrual routine after childbirth.
Amenorrhea is the absence of normal menstrual periods. It implies either not getting your first menstrual period by the age of 16 or not having menstrual periods for 3 or more months if your periods are usually regular. Depending on the cause, amenorrhea may be associated with a low body mass index, weight gain, milky discharge from your breasts, headaches, vision changes, facial hair, male pattern baldness, or acne.
Amenorrhea is not a disease but a symptom. Primary amenorrhea, marked by the absence of menarche, could either be due to anatomical abnormalities or ovarian insufficiency. Secondary amenorrhea could be caused by a host of diseases from PCOS to hormonal imbalances. Lifestyle factors could also cause the cessation of menstruation.
Did you know certain foods could be to blame for your worse-than-usual symptoms? Avoiding salty food could help cut bloating, while skipping the after-work drinks may help you sleep better and leave you less stressed. Steer clear of refined foods and sugar to reduce the chances of mood swings and fatigue. Your diet could be your friend or foe when you’re on your period, so start making those wise choices!
Squats encourage menstruation by waking up your abdominal and pelvic muscles. You can also tense up your stomach by doing sit-ups and twisted crunches. These moves work your core muscles up to encourage menstrual bleeding. The standing twist can be done anywhere, and it gets your muscles moving. Thirty minutes of running, jogging, or walking are other ways to induce a period.
Yes, it is okay to exercise during your period, but it is important to understand when you need to give your body a break. Exercise may actually help ease your menstrual cramps and lighten your blood flow. For those concerned whether their performance will be affected, rest assured it won’t. Shark week may also be a good time to try some HIIT.
Breakthrough bleeding isn’t something you’d normally expect with the clockwork efficiency of oral contraceptive pills. Yet, it is surprisingly common in the early weeks and months after you begin taking these pills, as your system adjusts. It could also happen when you miss a pill or you fall ill, have stomach upsets or vomiting and can’t keep the pill down. Breakthrough bleeding while on the pill is also a possibility if you take certain antiseizure medications or herbal remedies such as St. John's Wort.
Unexpected spotting or bleeding between periods can be worrying besides being most annoying. It is important to pin down the problem quickly – especially if you’re pregnant or you’re at risk of problems like sexually transmitted infections, PCOS, or even cancer. You may also just experience spotting due to an intrauterine device, birth control pills, or an implantation of a pregnancy. But it is better to put your mind at rest and get treated if it is something more serious.
During your period, go for a walk. This simple exercise will release tension by loosening up your pelvic muscles. Doing leg lifts and side lunges can also relieve cramps in the thighs and legs. To ease tension in the lower back, do yoga poses like the plank and child’s pose. They’ll work by lengthening and strengthening your spine. Always inhale and exhale to deliver enough oxygen to your entire body.
While strenuous exercise is not possible during periods, yoga is a great idea. Yoga doesn't only relieve period cramps, it also improves mood and lowers anxiety. Try cobra, bow, camel, noose, cat, and fish poses to improve circulation to the reproductive organs and ease fatigue, pain, and anxiety. Doing yoga inversions like headstand or shoulder stand depends on how comfortable you are doing these during periods.
Excessive exercise, extreme weight loss or gain, and stress can cause irregular period. So can polycystic ovary syndrome, thyroid disorders, hyperprolactinemia, and some tumors. Contraceptive and certain medications may be responsible as well. Hypothyroidism, uterine fibroids, bleeding disorders can cause excessive bleeding. Pain medication or contraceptives may be prescribed for treatment.
To maintain hygiene during menstruation, you could opt for reusable menstrual cups, which are free from harmful chemicals. Or, for a safe, comfortable, and easily accessible option, you could try sanitary pads. If you have sensitive skin, opt for period panties or cloth pads instead. If you want to use tampons, dispose them every 4–6 hours to avoid toxic shock syndrome.
Cut back on coffee and refined or deep-fried foods; fill up on antioxidant-rich berries, artichokes and calcium-rich dark leafy greens, beans, nuts, yogurt instead. Consider adding supplements such as fish oil, evening primrose oil, or herbal helpers like ashoka (Saraca indica) to your diet. Change your tampon or pads often – every 4-8 hrs.
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