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Can exercise cause a period?


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New at working out at a gym-can strenuous exercise cause menstruation? Should I be concerned?

Edited Dec 11 2013 23:56 by coach_k
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I have an answer, may not be the right one, but I was in the same boat last month and was freaked out about it too.  I know that if you gain muscle it can cause your period to be late, or even nonexistent.  If you burn fat, perhaps it can cause your periods to show up without notice?  Mine did, I had a period 2x last month.  I was worried, until I realized that what it really is, is your body removing toxins, extra layers of unnecessary stuff.  And maybe perhaps when you start exercising, you are shaking your system up and in return, the changes in diet are re-organizing your hormones.  I hope this helps.  I'm not sure how  correct this is, but it was my closest understanding to why it was happening to me.  Can anyone else find info on this?
Yeah, I hear if you change some part of your lifestyle -- starting to
work out, it can make your period kind of irregular at first. Probably
due to the reorganizing of hormones that Cleverfishes mentioned. :D
Yeah it can start it early and it can help it along it's way too.. I learn in high school that in 3 days my aunt flo will be lighter on the 3rd day... Reason why i was always working out for sports running lifting weights and doing sit ups. SO it can help it start early and it can help it end early. I started this monday i was looking for the 1st. But i upped my workout.. Flo has came and she is out the door. If i was not on this diet and working out. Aunt flo will be here for 6 to 7 days. Lifestyle has a lot to do with the cycle of flo..

I am 6 to 7 days non active. Like working out heavy..  4 to 5 days when i am working my butt out and moving like my feet are on fire.
It happened to me too...  I was worried I was pulling muscles or hurting something I shouldn't, but my gynocologist told me that all the movement and bouncing causes left over layers of built of uterus lining (blood) to dislodge, and its actually good for you, he claims it can lead to lighter periods with less cramps. Your body isn't working so hard to eliminate that build up. Lossing some layers off the uterus leads to almost 3-4lbs of weight lose too! Crazy!
babydeer- 3 to 4 pounds of weight..from the uterus. Man that is Crazy.. Very crazy...
babydeer-  yup!  i agree!  my first period after starting to work out was wicked awful!  but now they are much lighter and no cramps (but i'm on the pill too so that helps) they don't last as long and the best part.. this is the first month i didn't have crazy awful pms!  :)  no weird cravings just a bit more hungry.. and the best part.. my hubby said i'm not as "witchy" this month.. hahah
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i freaked out when it happened to me. i had my period on the 1st week of the month and i started working out around the 3rd week and got my period again.. i was so scared i had it twice in one month!!  i really appreciate the clarification...
Yeah I was pretty surprised when he told me too, but it sure made me feel better knowing that I wasnt hurting myself! May want to pop out a kid or two one day lol
Thanks for the responses! I feel relieved!
Whoo...see now I thought something weas weird when I got my period, which is normally like clock work, 12 days early this month. What a shocker that was. I had always heard that athletes sometimes stop getting their period during intense training time, but I guess that it can go both ways.
What about stopping periods? Mine is 3 days late, but I am on ovulation stimulants which can cause late ovulation as well.

soooooo good to hear! i just working out and when i came home i started my period...and i just finished about 2 weeks ago!  i was freaking out because i take blood thinners.........but my labs were ok last time so i'm sure it was just exercise....because i've never worked out this hard in my life! lol :o)

Original Post by lynn60gonow:

babydeer- 3 to 4 pounds of weight..from the uterus. Man that is Crazy.. Very crazy...

 This. Do you have any idea how small your uterus really is?

Sorry to revive an old thread, but this info is very helpful!

This is the 1st time I've have 2 periods in one month. But 7 weeks ago I started jogging 3x a week on the C25K program. Then 2 weeks ago, I added 2 days of walking @ 2miles. Now, I'm walking/jogging 5 days a week and able to jog 15min straight!! This is the most intense exercise I've ever done. So it makes sense that the exercise has something to do with the change in AF.

I have never had two periods in a month because my cycle is regulated by my birth control, but I have noticed that my period is usually 1 or 2 days early if I've been exercising a lot and is also considerably shorter and lighter too.

Hi guys, i'm in a panic and just thought i'd consult with you ladies first... sunday night after 2 months i started an aggressive exercise routine, afterwards i get my period which is painless by the way (it has never happened) and i haven't had it for 3months straight which is somehow normal because it has never been regular. the thing is though, it lasted for no longer than 2days could it be that i was pregnant and didn't know or wasit just the exercise that could've triggered this?

 

HELP?!!

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Original Post by jisa185872628:

Hi guys, i'm in a panic and just thought i'd consult with you ladies first... sunday night after 2 months i started an aggressive exercise routine, afterwards i get my period which is painless by the way (it has never happened) and i haven't had it for 3months straight which is somehow normal because it has never been regular. the thing is though, it lasted for no longer than 2days could it be that i was pregnant and didn't know or wasit just the exercise that could've triggered this?

 

HELP?!!

A pregnancy test may alleviate your worries. Or give you new information that you need to act on. Good luck, whatever your decisions, whatever the outcome.

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