Does Winter Affect My Period?
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Winter can be a difficult season. It can get extremely cold. Especially mornings, they can feel like you’re living in the North Pole. When cold fronts come, people don’t want to leave home. If your periods are painful and/or heavy, this is surely not your favorite time of the year.
Well, we have some news for you. Many of us might say that the weather affects our period, but there is no study that supports this. However, there may be other factors such as physical activity and changes in our health, that may be to blame for these changes in menstruation.
If you think about it, it makes sense. In winter, we go out less, we get very cold, and we eat - A LOT.
We recommend you use a period tracker. What is this? Well, it's an app or diary that helps you keep a record of how your period is and what affects it. For example, if your period was regular or heavy, if you had cramps, and if this was related to your eating habits, exercise, or rest. This will help you identify the changes in your period under different circumstances and during each season.
If you use hormonal contraception, uncomfortable periods are surely a thing of the past. But, if not, don't worry, we have some tips that will help you reduce pain and even help regulate your period:
Drink plenty of water
Eat balanced meals
Limit salt consumption
Sleep a minimum of 8 hours
Take a warm bath or use a heating pad
If after doing everything above, you continue to notice that your period is very irregular or super heavy, we recommend that you see your doctor as soon as possible to determine if there is any other factor affecting your period.