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Are menstrual cramps worse in the summer? About Summer Menstrual Periods

During this time of year, severe heat continues continuously and the physical condition tends to be unstable. In particular, many people may experience frequent loss of appetite and physical sluggishness. In this issue, we will explain the symptoms of menstrual periods that tend to occur in summer and the relationship between "summer fatigue" and menstruation.

Table of contents

  • Summer cold aggravates menstrual cramps

  • Relationship between summer fatigue and menstruation

  • Causes and Symptoms of Summer Fever

  • How to Prevent Summer Menstrual Symptoms

Summer Cold Exacerbates Period Pain

Temperatures rise year after year during this time of year, and people tend to be exposed to air conditioning and consume more cold food and drink than usual in order to beat the heat. As a result, blood circulation deteriorates due to body cooling, making it difficult to expel menstrual blood from the body. In order to expel the blood smoothly, the uterus contracts more and more, and the body produces more prostaglandins, which cause period pain. This causes worse-than-normal period pain, and many people experience worse pain during summer.

The Relationship Between Summer Vapors and Menstruation

Medically speaking, the causes of summer fatigue are not completely related to the causes of menstrual cramps and irregular periods, so it cannot be said that persistent summer fatigue symptoms will always affect gynecological diseases and symptoms. However, there are actual cases in which "summer fatigue caused irregular periods" or "periods do not occur during the summer months. Therefore, irregular periods and other symptoms may serve as a barometer of summer fatigue, and may lead to clarification of the cause of one's own health problems.

夏バテの原因と症状Causes and Symptoms of Summer Battling

Summer fatigue can occur without the individual being aware of it, so understanding the causes beforehand can help prevent it. The main causes are considered to be as follows

Disturbance of the autonomic nervous system due to temperature differences

Spending long hours in air-conditioned rooms, frequent intake of cold food, etc.

体内の水分やミネラル不足Deficiency of water and minerals in the body

Not drinking water frequently, not taking salt, etc.

Nutritional deficiencies due to poor appetite

Not eating, unbalanced diet, etc.

And these causes can cause the following symptoms

  • Sluggishness

  • Anorexia

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms

  • Swelling of the body

  • Nausea

  • Low fever

If you are living the lifestyle described above, try to prevent it before it leads to worsening of menstrual symptoms and summer fatigue.

In addition to physical symptoms, mental symptoms such as lethargy and mood swings may also appear.

How to Prevent Summer Menstrual Symptoms

The causes of summer fatigue overlap with the causes of worsening period pain, and the following preventive measures can help prevent summer fatigue and worsening of menstrual period symptoms. It may be difficult to put them into action all at once, but it is important to gradually become aware of them and take countermeasures.

Avoid overcooling your body with air conditioning.

Be careful not to turn down the indoor air conditioning temperature too low. And be prepared to wear a scarf or woven item in places where the air conditioning is always on. To prevent the autonomic nervous system from being disturbed by the temperature difference between outside and inside, turn off the air conditioner 30 minutes before going out and set the air conditioner timer before going to bed as a measure to prevent over cooling.

Avoid cold food and drink

Especially during your period, try to consume less cold beverages than usual and consume room temperature or warm beverages. Avoiding the consumption of ice cream and cold noodles will improve blood circulation and prevent period pain from worsening.

Lead a regular life.

Get 6 to 7 hours of sleep a day, and fix your wake-up and bedtime so as not to disturb your daily rhythm. 20 to 30 minutes of daily exercise in the early morning or evening when the sun is not shining is ideal, in order to avoid being in an air-conditioned room all day long. While consulting with your own physical condition, try to get into the habit of going outside and exercising.

Avoid unbalanced diets.

In summer, cold foods can weaken the stomach and intestines, so instead of consuming only cold foods as already mentioned, try to consume foods that contain vitamin B1, which is effective in relieving fatigue (e.g., tuna, Thai fish, bonito, edamame, etc.).

Although the heat continues to be severe, it is important to be aware of the importance of taking measures not only against the heat but also against the cold to alleviate symptoms during periods and prevent summer fatigue, so be sure to do so to a reasonable extent.


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