Doctor explains how pandemic coronavirus could affect your period

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With the UK lockout extended for three weeks and everyone on high coronavirus alert, it’s fair to say that you might be feeling a bit stressed right now.

And this stress can have all kinds of effects on your body.

Others may have regular headaches, others may have trouble getting out of bed in the morning.

But a few women on social media have reported that their periods were fairly irregular during the lockdown, having known everything from their early periods to intense cramps and light spots for the first time.

If you have noticed any of these changes in yourself, you are certainly not alone.

A doctor explained how stress could make your period seem a little out of the ordinary for the next few months.

Speaking to Cosmopolitan.com, Dr. Sarah Toler, doctor of nursing practice and science writer at Clue, an application specializing in women’s health, said: “Stress activates a hormonal pathway in the body called the hypothalamic axis -hypophyso-adrenal (HPA). Together, these three components (i.e., the HPA axis, cortisol, and CRH) help control the stress response in the body. ”



The length of your cycle may change, or you may not have a period at all (stock photo)

She added, “Excessive release of cortisol can suppress normal levels of reproductive hormones, which can potentially lead to abnormal ovulation, which can disrupt your cycle. “

The expert continues to say that this interruption may cause your period to start later than expected or you may find that you have no period at all.

In addition to this, stress can have an impact on the length of your cycle, with some people having longer or shorter periods than usual.

If that was not enough, women may also experience more pain, as the feeling of having little control over your situation and poor support are factors that were previously linked to dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation).

And even if you have not yet experienced any of these changes in your menstrual cycle, there is still a chance that you will do so in the future.

Dr. Toler warns, however, that the changes may not be obvious immediately and may take some time to appear.

“Stress from the previous month can also affect the frequency of dysmenorrhea, so that someone may not experience painful menstruation from menstruating stress the following month,” she said.

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