Deciphering the Mysteries of the Rules: 12 Most Frequently Asked Questions

Menstruation or rules are an integral part of a woman's natural cycle. However, the process can be accompanied by many questions and inconveniences. This article provides you with 11 answers to better understand and understand this time of the month.

Why are periods painful?

frequently asked questions about periods

The pain felt during menstruation is mainly due to contractions of the uterus which allow the elimination of tissues. The production of prostaglandins, substances involved in the contraction of smooth muscles, is mainly responsible. Some women may be more sensitive to these contractions, making their periods particularly painful.

Why are periods tiring?

During periods, the body loses blood, particularly containing iron. This loss of iron can lead to low energy and feelings of fatigue. In addition, hormonal fluctuations and the pain experienced can also impact sleep and cause a feeling of intense fatigue in some women.

Why are my periods brown?

The color of the rules varies depending on their flow and composition. Blood contains things like endometrial cells, cervical secretions, and bacteria. When periods are brown, it is usually old or oxidized blood that has not been passed out quickly. This phenomenon is quite common at the beginning and end of menstruation.

Why are my periods black?

As with brown periods, black periods often mean that the blood has taken longer to leave the uterus and has become oxidized. A darker color can also indicate the presence of clots. If this situation worries you, do not hesitate to consult your doctor to rule out any underlying health problems.

Why do I have my period twice a month?

Having your period twice in the same month can happen for a variety of reasons. This may be due to a naturally short menstrual cycle or breakthrough bleeding caused by hormonal fluctuations, stress, or the use of certain medications. Light bleeding may also occur during ovulation. If you frequently experience repeated periods or unusual bleeding, it is advisable to consult a healthcare professional to rule out any medical conditions.

Why aren't my periods flowing as usual?

Several factors can impact the flow of periods, such as hormonal variations, high stress, significant weight loss or even certain pathologies (polycystic ovarian disease, for example). If you notice a significant and lasting change in your menstrual flow, it is advisable to consult a healthcare professional.

Why is my period late?

A late period can be linked to various factors: stress, fatigue, illness, taking or stopping hormonal contraception, changes in weight, etc. It is advisable to monitor the regularity of your menstrual cycle over several months in order to determine whether these delays are one-off or recurring. Consult a doctor if in doubt, especially to rule out the possibility of pregnancy.

Why do I get my period early?

Just like delays, early periods can have multiple and varied causes: hormonal variation, stress, taking certain medications, etc. Take note of this change and monitor the evolution of your cycle over several months. If necessary, consult a healthcare professional to assess your situation.

Why do we have diarrhea during periods?

Prostaglandins released during menstruation can cause contractions not only in the uterus, but also in the intestines. This explains why some women suffer from digestive problems such as diarrhea during this period. Hormones involved in the menstrual cycle can also impact intestinal transit.

Why do periods smell bad?

The unpleasant odor sometimes associated with periods comes from the mixture between blood, endometrial cells, cervical secretions and bacteria from the vaginal flora. Each woman has her own body odor, which can vary depending on her lifestyle or genetics. In order to reduce these odorous inconveniences, it is important to have good intimate hygiene without disturbing the natural balance of the vaginal flora.

Why does the stomach swell during menstruation?

Abdominal swelling felt during menstruation can be caused by different factors, the main ones being:

  • Hormonal fluctuations that cause water retention,
  • Uterine contractions which can lead to bloating,
  • A digestive disorder generally linked to prostaglandins.

To relieve these feelings of bloating and swelling, it is possible to focus on a light and balanced diet, as well as gentle exercises such as yoga or walking to help decompress.

Why no probiotic during periods?

There are no formal contraindications to the consumption of probiotics during menstruation. However, it is important to favor specific strains adapted to the vaginal flora in order to preserve its natural balance and avoid any additional inconvenience linked to the excessive development of certain bacteria.

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