Dr. Ahmed Zayed wrote for the PhenClinics Network, a health resource that’s making evidence-based and fact-checked health and body composition research more accessible, an article that stated weight can be quite a concern for women as they are found to be more susceptible to obesity in comparison to men (1). Being obese or overweight is not the main problem — the issue is basically with its underlying outcomes that can be the development of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other health conditions. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t be underweight either as it also has its effects such as heart palpitations, osteoporosis, and low blood pressure. Not only that — but your body’s reproduction system also relies on body weight.
Among other factors that can impact your weight that include fluid retention, psychiatric disorders, consumption of excess sugar, feeling tired, drugs, stress, aging, and changes in diet (2, 3), periods are another factor that can result in affecting your weight.
Before looking at how your weight is affected by periods, it is necessary first to have a general look at the mechanisms of menstruation.
Most of the females are expected to undergo periods for about 35 to 40 years during their entire life. Periods are basically a sign that your body is capable of having a baby. This process occurs every month in which the thickness of the lining of your uterus increases and an ovum, which is basically an egg, is released by your ovaries. Afterward, the vagina emits this tissue, which is the menstruation blood, if the egg has not been fertilized by that time. This entire process makes up the menstrual cycle, which has four phases, i.e., menstruation, the follicular phase, ovulation phase, and the luteal phase.
Now that we know about what periods really are, it’s time to move on to the real concern — how actually is weight affected by periods.