What is Period Fatigue: Symptoms Causes And Treatment

A few females report of increased tiredness and lack of energy before or during periods. This is referred to as period fatigue. In our article, we will discuss the causes and symptoms of period fatigue and home remedies to treat the condition. In addition to will discuss the steps to prevent period fatigue. What is Period Fatigue: Symptoms Causes And Treatment

What Is Period Fatigue? 

Feeling tired during menstruation is a common symptom of premenstrual syndrome. If this condition becomes annoying and inconvenient making it tough for you to meet your daily routine it need to be acknowledged and treated. In most of the cases, thereis nothing to worry if female experiences tiredness before the periods. However, there are conditions where tiredness is severe and accompanied by certain emotion and this can be sign of premenstrual dysmorphic disorder that requires treatment. What is Period Fatigue

What Are The Symptoms Of Periods Fatigue?

Period fatigue is a symptom of premenstrual syndrome. Premenstrual syndrome is a group of symptoms that a female experiences shortly before and during periods. The symptoms of premenstrual syndrome are present due to the hormonal changes that happens around mensuration. Along with period fatigue the other symptoms of period fatigue includes headaches, sleep problems, irritability, changes in appetite, period pains, cry spells, bloating, mood swings, depression and anxiety. The symptoms of PMSbegins about 7 to 10 days before the period start. 

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What Causes Period Fatigue

The exact cause of period fatigue is not known. It is believedthat hormonal changes cause the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and period fatigue. The ovaries of the female produces oestrogen and progesterone hormone. The production of oestrogen hormone increase during the first half of the female menstrual cycle and decreases during the second half. With the decrease in oestrogen hormone, the level of serotonin declines that leads to decreased energy level and low mood. The other possible causes of period fatigue may include:

Low level of iron

Due to the heavy bleeding during the periods every females of reproductive age may suffer from iron deficiency anaemia. Due to the insufficient iron the body is not able to produce haemoglobin that is required to transport oxygen to the body cell. As a result, female suffers from weakness and fatigue.

Disturbed Sleep

Changes in mood and period pain makes it difficult for a female to sleep or stay asleep. This may be a reason behind fatigue and tiredness.

Food Cravings

During periods female may have certain food cravings. Eating too much food disturbs the blood glucose level balance and may cause subsequent dip in the level of blood glucose that causes fatigue.

How To Deal With Period Fatigue?

If you experience mild to moderate period fatigue below are few tips to tackle this condition

1. Following Healthy Bedtime Routine 

In the days that leads up to your periods it is important to create a healthy bedtime routine. This includes relaxing bath in evening, reading a book or listening to music before going to bed, avoid the screen time at least an hour before going to the bed and avoiding evening tea or coffee and heavy meals two hours before going to bed.

2. Avoid Sugar 

Eat healthy and balanced diet and avoid sugar. Avoid foods and beverages that contain refined sugar such as energy drinks and soda. Refined sugar intake causes the blood sugar to spike and results into energy crash. Avoid Sugar

3. Avoid Alcohol 

To keep your energy level up avoid alcohol.

4. Stay Hydrated

Drink at least 8 to 9 glasses of water every day to keep yourself hydrated. Staying hydrated makes you feel less lethargic and prevents other PMS symptoms from getting worse.

5. Relax Yourself

Try relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga and deep breathing.

6. Workout

Workout increases the level of serotonin and boost up your energy level. It improves concentration and alleviates the symptoms of PMS. However, make sure not to exercise 2 to 3 hours before your bedtime as it makes it harder for you to fall asleep. Workout increases the level of serotonin and boost up your energy level

Healthy lifestyle and balanced diet plays a very important role in easing the symptoms of PMS and improving your energy levels. Still if you feel exhausted during days that lead to periods that makes everyday work challenging see your doctor.

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.