Period Bloating: What's Going On?
Period bloating is a real concern in women’s health. For starters, it is the feeling that your tummy has swollen up so much in size that you might start to feel uncomfortable. A few things can cause this sensation, including certain foods and the hormonal changes during your period.
What is the science behind it?
It is caused by the accumulation of blood in the tissues, leading to a feeling of fullness or distension. In some cases, it can cause discomfort or pain. The most common factors contributing to the condition are excess fluid and lack of fiber.
Several different things can cause period bloating. One of the most common is food-related. In particular, dairy products and certain fruits cause this sensation.
When you eat these foods, they'll move through your digestive system without any issues, but when they reach your large intestines, they'll be partially digested by enzymes in your large intestine. For example, when the body is unable to digest or break down the lactose in dairy products, the lactose stays undigested and pulls water into your gut which then causes bloating.
Another thing that can cause bloating is the natural hormonal changes during your period. These changes will cause blood vessels in your uterus to dilate and make room for products being released from the inside of your uterus into the vagina. This increases circulation in the vaginal area, which can also contribute to swelling.
Finally, some people might experience it due to an internal blockage or because of a condition called endometriosis. This condition happens when cells from the lining of one's uterus grow outside of their normal place and attach themselves to other organs in the pelvis or abdomen, causing pain and discomfort during periods or while menstruating.
How to prevent it
Losing weight is the easiest way to prevent the condition, but it's not always an option. If you're experiencing this and can't lose weight, try these tips:
- Drink lots of water. A hydrated body is less likely to become bloated.
- Eat protein that's low on the glycemic index. Low GI foods tend to stay in your stomach longer than high GI foods and take a longer time for digestion. They'll help minimize the sensation of bloatedness in your stomach.
- And finally, try taking a magnesium supplement before bedtime regardless of whether or not you have periods. Studies have shown that magnesium deficiency is linked to increased symptoms of PMS and period bloating.
The condition can be a painful and embarrassing experience in women’s health. It is a common side effect of menstruation, but you shouldn't worry. The science behind it is complicated, but there are ways to prevent and treat it. You can take care of your body and prevent this.