What are your periods telling you?


Periods! Every girl hates them and dreads them. Yet, they are an essential function of the body. When you are menstruating, you are demonstrating that you are a perfectly healthy young woman. However, many girls experience problems with their periods. Cramps, bloating, heavy flow, PMS, backache – these are some problems that can crop up when you are having periods. If your periods are particularly troublesome, or irregular, it could be an indication that something is not right with the body.

Check out these conditions.

  • You could be anaemic

If you experience extreme tiredness, pale appearance, dizziness or fainting, and shortness of breath during your periods, it is quite possible that you are suffering from anaemia. This condition can make your periods worse and you may find it very difficult to deal with period-related cramps.

If you are a vegetarian, chances are that you will have anaemia, as you are missing out on one of the best sources of iron — red meat. You should make up the deficiency by eating vegetarian foods rich in iron such as, dates, peanuts, spinach, and beetroot.

  • You might have thyroid issues

Periods are driven by hormones, and the thyroid gland plays a big role in regulating periods, as well as the metabolism and weight. Changes in your periods, such as light or heavy flow, irregular dates, etc, means you need to get your thyroid levels checked.


  • You might have endometriosis

While most women suffer from cramps during their periods, you might find the cramps unbearable. It is possible that you are suffering from endometriosis. Endometriosis is a painful, chronic condition in which tissue like that which lines the uterus is found outside the uterus — usually in the abdomen on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and ligaments that support the uterus; the outer surface of the uterus; the lining of the pelvic cavity, etc. The only way for the cells of this tissue to exit is through the menstrual blood. If your cramps are too troublesome, see a


  • You could be diabetic

Women with diabetes are more likely to have menstrual problems. If you are overweight and tend to miss your periods, you are probably suffering from Type 2 diabetes. Insulin resistance affects the ovaries. It also increases chances of having longer periods and heavier flow.

  • You might have cervical polyps

Sometimes, small benign tumors, called cervical polyps, are found in the cervix. They can cause abnormally heavy periods, spotting, etc. You might need to get the polyps removed. Consult a doctor.

  • You might be stressed

If you are stressed, your periods can be irregular, or you can miss a period. It is okay to miss a period once in a while, but if you are missing it every now and then, you need to take medical opinion.


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