WINTER is here well and truly, and there’s never been a nearly time to throw away your wool coats.
But it turns out you may have to worry more than cold fingers and toes when the temperature drops.
If you find your periods are more severe during the winter months, you’re not alone – many people are likely to experience heightened symptoms.
Most women get their period every 28 days, but it can vary.
Everyone’s cycle and symptoms can vary, so while some people will experience light bleeding, others will experience heavy bleeding and may also experience mood swings, cramps, and fatigue. .
Speaking to The Sun, one expert said it’s likely the cold winter months will affect your periods, but said there are things you can do to manage the seasonal impact.
Sarah Welsh, co-founder of sexual wellness brand HANX, says: “Your periods and PMS can feel worse in winter, as the days are shorter, darker, and colder.
“All of these can negatively impact your mood and other aspects of your life that affect your menstrual cycle.”
Dr. Sarah explains four ways to prove your period in winter…
1. Take control of your pain
The reason you might struggle with your period more in colder weather is because your pain receptors may be more sensitive to the cold, says Dr. Sarah.
This, along with reduced circulation in colder temperatures, can make your period pain worse.
Dr Sarah adds: “The best way to deal with it is the simplest: wrap warm, keep moving – even if you don’t feel like it – and manage your pain with simple pain relievers. or a hot water bottle.”
When it comes to your period, the last thing you might feel like doing is being positive.
The winter months also mean we’re more likely to spend time indoors, avoiding the gym altogether, running outdoors, and exercising.
Dr Sarah says snuggling up on the sofa is clearly more appealing than jogging in the cold park.
However, it’s important to stay active during your period.
“Whether it’s a brisk walk, an exercise class, yoga or whatever makes you feel good,” says Dr Sarah.
“Exercise has a positive effect on PMS, so don’t forget to stay active through the winter months!”
How to ‘period proof’ your workouts
While you may not want to exercise during your period – there are parts of your menstrual cycle that you can exercise during.
NHS doctor and personal trainer Dr Frankie Jackson-Spence says it’s perfectly safe to exercise at any point in your menstrual cycle depending on how you feel, but you can find themselves able to train at different intensities at different stages of the cycle.
Dr. Frankie who is working with cycle studio psycle in their ‘Psyche with your Cycle’ program, says there’s a growing body of research supporting the benefits of strength training in the first half of your cycle, during the follicular phase.
To get the best results from your menstrual cycle, here are the different phases and the best exercise patterns for each:
Follicular phase (Days 1-13): Estrogen levels gradually increase before peaking just before ovulation.
During this time, you’ll have more energy and feel as though you can lift more, so it’s an ideal time to try strength classes.
Luteal phase (Days 14-28): Progesterone is produced and estrogen levels drop rapidly and remain low until menstruation.
During this phase, you may experience cramps and your motivation may be lower.
It’s best to try something low-impact like yoga.
3. Find the balance
The balance looks tough at the moment, and many people may still be struggling to get back into some routine after Christmas and amid changes in pandemic restrictions.
Sarah says finding balance can be difficult, and encourages being kind to your body.
“Hydration is key, so stay hydrated,” she says, noting that this is especially important if you’re drinking and not exercising in a dry January.
Dr Sarah also says that you should try and follow a balanced diet: “Being health conscious in general will help with pain, PMS and your general health during the winter. ”
4. Take tonics
All Brits know the UK is not the warmest or sunniest place in winter.
With the restrictions and worries of Covid, meaning travel has been less of an issue for many people over the past 18 months, it’s possible you’re deficient in vitamin D, which the body makes when exposed to sunlight. God.
Dr Sarah says a lack of sunshine can have a real effect on our health.
“The sun helps our bodies make vitamin D and dopamine, both of which improve our mood, focus and motivation,” she explains.
“To help with any mood swings you may experience with PMS, as well as your overall health, you should take a vitamin D supplement during the winter months – unless you’re lucky enough to get rid of it. some winter sunshine.”
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