If your rule has gone crazy, this is your article: reasons why you got ahead (or behind) during confinement

A few weeks ago (exactly: during the first month of confinement, we no longer know what day we live on) a debate exploded on Twitter and an exchange of opinions between users: something was wrong with her menstrual cycle. Since the confinement began, the menstruation (Do you also get fat during the period? We know the cause) of many women has suffered a great alteration. Delays, advances, changes in the flow, in the abundance of the period … If it has happened to you, surely you thought, "Is it that my period has gone crazy, or what?". In case you did not have enough with a global pandemic, your body has gone on strike (if not, tell it to your acne problems and facial sensitivity multiplied by a thousand) and it no longer listens to reasons.

Crazy, what is called crazy, we do not think it is: the fault of this disorder that takes us down the street of bitterness is not ours, but the lockdown, which has altered all the patterns that we knew and has also carried our menstrual order ahead.

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This disorder is due to the changes that our routine has suffered and therefore, our body in the last weeks. To that, we must add the stress from the new situation and the difficulties that this entails. These causes were some of the most repeated by users of the social network: anxiety, fear and anguish. Three of the main feelings that have filled our day day since the state of alarm began. We have talked to him Dr. Rafael Jiménez Ruíz from Madrid Gynecologic Center (MAGYC) of Hospital Ruber Internacional to understand why our menstruation has been affected in recent months: "During confinement, depending on the duration and personal situation of each woman, changes in habits occur, which as a consequence can produce alterations in the female cycle, which they translate into changes in menstruation, both in rhythm and quantity, "she says.

Diet, in addition to stress or anxiety, is another determining factor when we talk about alteration of biorhythms and hormonal changes. Eating worse, moving less and abusing ultra-processed foods (yes, that tablet of chocolate that makes you eyes from the fridge) leads to a mismatch that has consequences. Hence the delays or menstrual advances: "The exceptional situation of confinement can produce situations of stress, anguish, anxiety, changes in habits, such as diet, exercise, exposure to the sun and even time dedicated to our recreational activities. All these prolonged alterations in time interfere with the mechanisms necessary for the normal functioning of the female cycle and as a consequence changes appear in the rhythm and / or quantity of the period ", explains Dr. Difficulties in falling asleep also play a role determinant. Furthermore, the alteration of the sleep cycle is only the beginning, from there, the others arrive changes that alter the biorhythm. Yes, sleepless nights watching Netflix take their toll, dear reader.

The solution?

The first thing is not to be alarmed. These changes are not serious as long as "normality" gradually recovers (although, we launched the stone, what is / will be the new normality?). Go back to the pre-pandemic routines, do sports and take care of food They are guidelines that must be followed to the letter if your menstruation has completely changed. In this situation, Dr. Jiménez He recommends what we can do to try to channel this alternation:

-Establish times for meals and sleep. It is very important to keep a schedule to go to bed and sleep 6-8 hours a day.

-Make moderate exercise and of course, according to our physical state: confinement is a good time to start a healthy exercise routine.

-If you work at home, it is also very important to set a schedule that respects our necessary rest, avoiding excesses that will only lead to stressful situations.

– Try to avoid situations of anxiety, stress and anguish that alter the cerebral and adrenal rhythm with increases in cortisol. For this, it is important to adopt a positive attitude, maintain contact with friends, family, coworkers, etc … in short, avoid isolation. You should not hesitate to seek professional help if the situation requires it.

-Finally when, despite everything, continuous alterations appear in menstruation, especially if it involves long and abundant periods, you should contact your gynecologist to assess the need for treatment and thus avoid consequences such as anemia due to lack of iron.

No, your rule has not gone crazy: It is the fault of the confinement.

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