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Period digestion – The link between your period and your stomach

March 31, 2019
Period digestion – The link between your period and your stomach

Besides cramps and other aches and pains, we go through much more during our period. You’re not alone if your stomach feels upside down during your period or if you face digestive issues before your period. From diarrhea to constipation, acidity to bloating, we tend to experience a plethora of discomfort relating to digestion.

Why does it happen? More importantly, what can you do to avoid it?  Read on, ladies!

Hormonal changes cause digestive distress:

During your monthly cycle, two key hormones tend to fluctuate and control your menstruation – Estrogen and Progesterone. Increased levels of progesterone usually slow down motility in the digestive tract, leading to constipation. On the other hand, estrogen increases motility and causes diarrhea. Depending on the balance of hormones during your cycle, you could face either of the two period digestive issues, accompanied with other symptoms.

Don’t know what you can do to make it better? We asked our #NuaWomen who have shared some amazing and easy tips – tried and tested!


For me, it just increases the acidity. I add a spoonful of chia seeds in cold milk and have it. – @Desai_anaika_

Sipping hot water with a dash of apple cider vinegar. @salonijain891984

I avoid food like beans and tamarind as they will contribute to more bloating @chennaigirl5

Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful tips! Have any more questions or more tips to share? Comment down below and share it with everyone.

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    Reply Divina Dsouza March 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Avoiding excessive salt content or salty foods like pickle, etc. will help reduce the bleeding to normal rates. Drinking warm water during periods is good for cramps and a glass of warm water when you wake up as well as before going to sleep is suggested. Eating chocolate helps reduce lower abdominal pain.

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