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Weight gain during menstruation cycle

Weight Gain During Menstruation Cycle-Things You Should Know

It may seem that when the time of menstruation is coming around that you start dreading a lot of things. One of the most common issues is wondering how much weight gain is going to take place this time? While it may seem that you really pack on the pounds, it isn’t as much as you think.

Yes, there is a level of discomfort that comes from a bloating feeling, but it doesn’t mean that you are putting on ten or twenty pounds. It might feel like it, but you really aren’t. The truth is that there is only a difference of about 2-4 pounds.

So where does this weight gain come from?

You Usually Eat More During Menstruation Days

There are many misconceptions about where this weight gain comes from before menstruation. Many believe that it comes from overeating. After all, you do eat more during PMS. The truth behind this is that while there is more eating going on, there is also a rise in metabolism that is just enough to offset the difference. There might be a mild increase, but not enough to be noticeable.

Weight gain during menstruation cycle

Another misconception is that it comes from eating more sweets. The fact is you are craving more sweets during pre-menstruation. It isn’t clear why that is the case, but it’s obvious that it exists and that craving increases as the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome worsen. While you might think that this would cause a lot of weight to come, you aren’t eating enough of an increase in calories to cause very much of an increase in weight.

The weight that you do put on happens primarily comes from water retention. For those who are struggling to control their weight, this can be a very frustrating thing. It seems that no matter how much work you normally do or how good your diet is, you seem to still put on weight and feel bloated. Don’t worry, though. The water that is retained usually all comes off during menstruation.

Eat Less Salt And Drink More Water During Period

There is a couple of things that you can do to help limit the amount of water you retain.

1) Limit the amount of sodium you take in.

2) Increase the water you drink.

When you get more sodium (salt) than you need, it tends to sit in the intestines and requires more from the kidneys to flush it out. What happens is that your body starts to need more. When your body isn’t getting the water it needs, it starts retaining more. It notices that it needs more and realizes it isn’t going to get more. When your body feels like it isn’t getting the water it needs to function properly, it starts to go into conservation mode. It starts using less and keeping more.

Weight gain during menstruation cycle

When you cut down the amount of salt and sodium you normally eat or drink, your body needs less water to function efficiently. When you know that your body is going to be retaining fluids more anyway because you are approaching your menstrual period, start cutting back on salt. Also, start increasing the amount of water you drink. In doing this, you will see your body wanting to retain less and you won’t be wondering each month how much weight gain is going to take place.

FAQ:

What is menstruation period?

Menstruation, or period, is normal vaginal bleeding that occurs as part of a woman’s monthly cycle. Each month, your body prepares for pregnancy. If there is no pregnancy, the uterus, or womb, sheds its lining. Menstrual blood is partly blood and partly tissue from within the uterus. It leaves the body through the vagina.
 
The cycles usually begin between the ages of 11 and 14 and continue until menopause at age 51. They usually last three to five days. In addition to bleeding from the vagina, you may have:
 
Abdominal or pelvic pain
Lower back pain
Swollen and painful breasts
Appetite
Mood swings and irritability
Headache and fatigue

(medlineplus.gov)

What is the difference between menstruation and period?

Menstruation is part of the menstrual cycle. The menstrual cycle is a cycle that repeats every 28 days in women of childbearing age. The first 4 to 5 days of the menstrual cycle when bleeding is called Menstruation.

What are the 4 stages of menstrual cycle?

The four main phases of the menstrual cycle are:
Menstrual phase.
Follicular phase.
Ovulation phase.
Luteal phase.
Menstruation phase
Menstruation is the passage of the thickened lining of the uterus (endometrium) out of the body through the vagina. Menstrual fluid contains blood, cells from the lining of the uterus (endometrial cells), and mucus. The average length of a period is from three days to a week.
Follicular phase
The follicular phase begins on the first day of the menstrual period and ends with ovulation. Driven by the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland secretes follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). This hormone stimulates the ovaries to produce about 5 to 20 follicles (nodules or follicles), the seeds on the surface.
Each follicle contains an immature egg. Usually, only one follicle matures into an egg, while the others die. This can happen around day 10 of a 28-day cycle. The growth of cysts stimulates the lining of the uterus to thicken in preparation for pregnancy.
Ovulation phase
Ovulation is the release of a mature egg from the surface of the ovary. This usually happens mid-cycle, about two weeks or so before menstruation begins.
Within two days, ovulation is triggered by high LH levels. Eggs are carried into the fallopian tubes and toward the uterus in tiny hair-like ejections. The lifespan of a typical egg is only about 24 hours. Unless it encounters sperm during this time, it will die.
The luteal phase
During ovulation, the egg breaks out of the follicle, but the ruptured follicle remains on the surface of the ovary. Over the next two weeks or so, the follicle transforms into a structure known as the corpus luteum. This structure initiates the release of progesterone, along with a small amount of estrogen. The combination of these hormones will keep the lining of the uterus thickened, waiting for a fertilized egg to implant (implant).
If the fertilized egg implants in the lining of the uterus, it produces the hormones needed to maintain the corpus luteum.
If there is no pregnancy, the corpus luteum will wither and die, usually around day 22 of a 28-day cycle. A drop in progesterone levels causes the lining of the uterus to shed. This is called menstruation. Then the cycle repeats.
(betterhealth.vic.gov.au)

What is the main reason for menstruation?

Menstruation occurs due to hormonal changes in the body. The ovaries secrete the female hormones estrogen and progesterone.
These hormones cause the lining of the uterus (or womb) to form. The lining is built ready for the fertilized egg to attach and begin to develop. Without a fertilized egg, the lining breaks down and bleeds.
It usually takes about a month for the lining to build up, then break down. That’s why most girls and women get their period once a month.
If the egg is fertilized by a sperm cell, it will attach to the wall of the uterus, where, over time, it will develop into a baby. If the egg is not fertilized, the lining of the uterus breaks down, and bleeding causes a period.

 

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