April 20, 2008,
M.D. asks from Crowley, TX on February 22, 2008
Can Exercise Affect Your Periods
Hi moms! I recently started working out and it seems that my period is lasting much longer this month. Are the two related? I had my period this month and when I thought it was over I started spotting a little every few days. Just wondering if starting an exercise program can affect your normal cycle. I got the IUD about 6 months ago and thought my period would be slowing down by now! Thanks for the help!
L.M. answers from Dallas on February 22, 2008
usually when I'm working out, my cramps are almost nonexistent and sometimes a lighter period....never more....I'd question the IUD.
B.G. answers from Lubbock on March 03, 2008
i love to exercise and it has the opposite effect on me. I can go 2 or 3 months without one, and then when I do have one it is short. I would check with the doctor about the IUD.
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T.C. answers from Dallas on February 22, 2008
I agree, it sounds more like the IUD. Exercising should have the opposite effect - make your cramps/period much lighter and easier. Some women miss them completely. Exercise shouldn't make it heavier.
S.R. answers from Dallas on February 22, 2008
exercise can absolutly change your menstral. when i wgoing through basic training, i did not have a period at all, 3 months without it was WONDERFUL, but i questioned my drill sgt about it and she told me that it is typical, especially with how hard we worked out.
as far as the IUD, I have no idea how that works, what happens when you are on it, etc.
If your period/spotting continues I would recommend talking to your gyno about it. good luck
L.P. answers from Dallas on March 24, 2008
I have had my IUD for 3 years now (LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!) My periods beforehand were 7 heavy and painful days, when I got the IUD my periods went to 3-4 light to medium days. (AGAIN LOVE THAT!) but when I started to HARD CORE workout for a half IronMan there was a shift and change and I too had periods (Lighter spotting) when I consistantly worked out. I have the Merina IUD (With Hormones) but When I first lost 70 pounds and workout BEFORE my IUD but on BC Pills, I had a period from November to February and ended up having to take liquid Iron. (NASTY!) During those few months I only had a total of 2 weeks for a break from a period. The OB/GYN couldn't figure it out after I was on every pill (Including Seasonale) and he finally recommended an IUD, I AM GLAD HE DID! So YES stress on your body when you are starting a new physical routine can and will alter some of the other habits that your body has- it is a survival thing. Primative thinking is- "hey I don't need to get pregnant right now- things are changing" so your body has a way of preventing pregnancy by having periods, when you get set into a routine it does settle down and it could take as long as a year.
This is what my OB/GYN explained to me.
M.T. answers from Dallas on April 20, 2008
It is so funny that you ask this because I am 44 yrs old I have been working out on and off for a few years now, but since about 2 years ago until now everytime I worked out regularly I would get a heavier period. I don't wear an IUD or any type of contraceptive, so that isn't it. I guess cause of my age, weight and genes I have problems with skipping my period then it coming on like gangbusters are to be expected. But the crazy part is that I stop workign out and I skip my period for a few months or I get it and it isn't too heavy or heavy, but not insane. But then I work out and boy it is like the Hoover Dam to the point that I have to stop working out for the whole time which is usually 3-4 weeks of hemorraghing then it stops. I only get to work out for 2 weeks in a month, cause I get it for 3-4 weeks, it takes me weeks to get back into the groove and here I am again. Not sure if my experience is anything like yours, but maybe. I have seen a gyne and she said she could do a procedure to remove the lining of my uterus so that I wouldn't get my periord. But if she slips she could perforate my uterus and then forget it. So I deal w/it for now and hope the menopause will kick in soon. Would like to hear more about your issues. Glad to know I'm not nuts. I thought the working out, bleed to death thing was all in my head. BTW, stress has a lot to do with it too. Goin through a lot right now financially and lately we got a little help and poof it stopped that day. I don't think it was a coincidence.