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Your period may come once a month, or near enough, but it doesn’t mean that every cycle is the same. While some months you may have a super light bleed with few other symptoms, four weeks later you could be sofa-bound with a hot water bottle attached to your back and pain relief to hand. They aren’t predictable and some symptoms are more unusual than others. Do you sweat more during your period? Hot flashes are very commonly associated with menopause but you may experience them long before then.
Web MD estimated that people have 450 periods during their lifetime. That’s enough to get familiar with how yours works. Menstrual cycles are so much more than a monthly bleed. Premenstrual Syndrome is the name for the symptoms you can experience in the weeks before your period and most people experience PMS at some point. Hot flashes are a main symptom of menopause but can also occur as part of your monthly cycle.
Defined as being moments of extreme heat, most people feel hot flashes across their bodies, especially on their face, neck and upper torso. They happen because of changes in your hormone levels. In the middle of your cycle, after you ovulate, the levels of progesterone in your body increase. As they rise and your levels of estrogen fall the part of your brain that keeps your body temperature stable, the hypothalamus, is affected. To compensate for the drop in estrogen your brain releases hormones which can make you more sensitive to body temperature changes. Even if you can’t feel yourself getting hotter you may sweat to cool yourself down.
Overheating and sweating can be uncomfortable and annoying but within reason, it shouldn’t be a cause for concern. Nutritionist and herbal advisor for A.Vogel said, “if you are worried about changes in your body temperature or they occur alongside other symptoms which aren’t a result of your period, it might be worth a trip to your doctor. Excessive sweating could also be a sign of another condition such as hyperthyroidism.”
There’s very little you can do in the way of medication when it comes to PMS. Sweating may be accompanied by feeling upset, anxious or irritable. Tiredness or having trouble sleeping is also common, as well as bloating or tummy pain. Some people report breast tenderness and others have headaches. However, there are some lifestyle remedies you can try if the PMS and sweating is really getting to you. Taking regular exercise and finding stress reduction techniques like yoga or meditation could reduce the amount you sweat. Similarly, cutting back on alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods may help.
If you notice that you start to sweat more when your period starts or just before it then you shouldn’t worry. You should speak to your doctor if you develop an unexplained rash, start to lose weight or your appetite changes. Keeping a note of all your symptoms during your cycle is a great way for you to get familiar with any PMS you may suffer but will also mean you can explain what you’re experiencing to a clinician should you need to.
Sweating is one of the more annoying and uncomfortable PMS symptoms. However, if you find yourself getting hotter under the collar just before you start your monthly bleed it’s totally normal.