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How exercising affects your menstrual cycle

When you start exercising consistently, you can expect to see a lot of changes in your body. You may experience muscle pain, a reduction in weight, improvement in your sleep, and at the same time, build strength but you might be surprised to learn that regular exercise can also affect your menstrual cycle.

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The changes can be modest or dramatic, depending on a variety of specific characteristics that determine how your body responds to increased activity. 

Here are common impacts of exercise on your menstrual cycle

1 Breakthrough Bleeding

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Breakthrough bleeding is vaginal bleeding that occurs outside of your regular period. Regular exercise might induce minor changes in hormone levels which can disrupt the uterine lining's cyclic build up and shedding, and the lining of your uterus may react to these conflicting hormonal messages by shedding at random, resulting in breakthrough bleeding.

2 Missed periods

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Even though exercise is typically beneficial, the physiologic stress of intense exercise might cause the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis to become unbalanced in some situations. The hypothalamus is a brain region that works as a control center for your menstrual cycle. It transmits hormonal impulses to your pituitary gland and ovaries, causing ovulation to occur, and if it becomes unbalanced ovulation ceases to occur.

3 Change in your flow

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If you begin a regular exercise regimen and observe that your periods get lighter, don't be frightened. Hormonal changes that can completely stop your periods can also have a reduced influence on your body, resulting in a lighter flow. 

4 Reduces period pain

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Secondary dysmenorrhea is a painful period caused by an underlying medical condition. This form of menstruation discomfort typically develops over time and may not appear until your late twenties or later. Exercise may help to minimize unpleasant periods if you have secondary dysmenorrhea because of its effects on prostaglandins.

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