February 16

Alcohol and Menstrual Bleeding: What You Need to Know

Drinking alcohol during your period can have various effects on your body:

Hormone Levels and PMS Symptoms:

Alcohol consumption can adversely impact your hormone levels during menstruation. It increases the production of both estrogen and testosterone in the body. Too much of either hormone can exacerbate PMS symptoms, especially mood swings and irritability. Additionally, alcohol affects the balance of prostaglandins, which can worsen cramps.

Cycle Irregularities and Disorders:

Regular drinking can cause hormonal fluctuations that lead to irregular ovulation and periods. Chronic alcohol use may result in difficulty conceiving and even complete cessation of the menstrual cycle. The proper balance of estrogen and progesterone is crucial for regular ovulation and menstruation, and alcohol disrupts this balance.

Heavier Periods:

Alcohol is both a blood thinner and increases estrogen levels. Estrogen stimulates the growth of endometrial tissue (lining of the uterus) that sheds during your period. Heavy drinking may lead to a heavier flow due to increased endometrial tissue.

Dehydration and Cramps:

Alcohol is a diuretic, causing increased urination and potential dehydration. Dehydration can make cramps worse. Drinking more water during your period can alleviate cramps and improve your overall well-being.

Remember to drink alcohol in moderation, especially during your period! Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to irregular periods, heavier bleeding, and more painful cramps. Stay hydrated and take care of yourself! 

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