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    How extreme heat can impact your menstrual cycle


    With summer temperatures rising across the country, many might be unaware of how the scorching heat can disrupt our menstrual cycles. As the mercury levels spike during heatwaves, our delicate hormonal balance regulating periods may face fluctuations.

    Our bodies suffer immense physical stress in such hot climatic conditions. As a result, levels of the stress hormone cortisol rise in the bloodstream. This interfering hormone can impact the secretion of important hormones like GnRH, FSH and LH from our hypothalamus and pituitary gland. When the release of these hormones controlling ovulation and menstruation gets affected, it may lead to changes in our menstrual regularity, flow, and duration of periods.

    Not drinking enough water during warm summer days leads to dehydration in our system. This causes variations in blood circulation and volume, potentially resulting in lighter periods or spotting. Additionally, inadequate hydration hampers the efficient removal of toxins from our bodies, taking a toll on hormonal balance as well.

    Some common period symptoms are known to exacerbate further due to rising temperatures. Cramping pain may increase due to dehydration-induced electrolyte imbalances and muscle function issues. Feelings of bloating and fatigue associated with periods also tend to worsen under physical stress from the heat.

    To safeguard menstrual in summer, focus on the following – stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, follow a diet rich in nutrients, spend time in cool environments, practice moderate physical activities, and maintain electrolyte levels. Taking basic precautions can help alleviate period woes and difficulties caused or intensified by scorching temperatures. Staying mindful of these delicate linkages between your cycle and the may allow you to better care for yourself through the summer months.

    The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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