You may notice changes in your period during the quarantine. This can be for the following reasons:
In fact, the amount of time we spend at home and our current mood can have a big impact on our cycle. So it may well be that you will feel a change in your next period, the first “quarantine period“. This can have the following reasons, Dr. Sarah Toler ( a Certified Nurse Midwife and Doctor of Nursing Practice in Los Angeles), midwife, and author of the cycling app “Clue” knows.
Delayed or missed period
The fear and uncertainty that currently surround us result in stress for many, which in turn can affect the period. “Stress can affect both mental and physical health. It activates a hormonal pathway in the body called the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA),” explains Dr. Sarah Toler.
In addition, the body increasingly produces the stress hormone cortisol. The combination can suppress the normal level of reproductive hormones. “This can potentially lead to abnormal ovulation, which can disrupt your cycle.” By the way: So you can reduce stress in a few seconds.
The cycle length changes
The results of some studies have shown that there is a connection between high stress and the absence of ovulation, but also that the length of the cycle can change. In some cases, the cycle is significantly shorter when the woman is under stress.
More severe PMS symptoms
You may experience more severe PMS symptoms during the coronavirus quarantine. The so-called premenstrual syndrome is the four to fourteen days before the period in which physical and emotional complaints become noticeable.
Due to the current stress situation, mood swings and menstrual pains may be more pronounced than usual – and possibly with a four-week delay. So if you feel stressed today, you may not notice the problems until the cycle after next.
This way you can keep your cycle under control
It is advisable to monitor your own cycle to see changes. This works very easily, for example, with the help of cycle apps (e.g. Clue). There you enter exactly when you have your period, on which days you suffer from mood swings or when you have to deal with blemishes. The app will then explain exactly what these effects mean when your next ovulation is and whether your cycle has changed.