Do you experience weakness during your menstrual period? If you do, you are not alone. Many women report feeling weak and completely out of energy during their time of the month. There are a few reasons why you may feel weak during your period. We will discuss these reasons here and ways in which you can help to decrease the weakness and lack of energy.
Dehydration is generally the most common cause of weakness and lack of energy during your menstrual period. Dehydration may occur because you lose blood and fluid during your period. Some women lose more blood and fluid than others, resulting in dehydration. Dehydration simply means that you do not have enough fluid in your body. When related to your menstrual period, dehydration generally does not get severe and is generally not worrisome, but if dehydration does get severe, it can be life-threatening.
In addition to weakness and lack of energy, you may experience dry mouth, dry skin, lightheadedness or dizziness, thirst, headache, less urine or constipation. These symptoms indicate mild to moderate dehydration.
To combat the weakness, lack of energy and to reverse your dehydration, you need to rehydrate. Sports drinks are always a good choice because they generally also include electrolytes. However, plain water is also great if this is all you have. It is a good idea to make sure you are always getting enough fluids throughout the month to help prevent dehydration during your time of the month. Then, during your menstrual period, if weakness and energy loss are common for you, increasing your fluid intake a little bit may be beneficial to help fend off dehydration. Talk to your doctor about this. If you are drinking plenty of fluids and still feel weak and tired, definitely talk to your doctor to make sure something else is not going on.
Hypoglycemia is less common than dehydration, but it is still a possible cause of the period-related weakness and tiredness you are experiencing. If you think hypoglycemia is the cause, talk to your doctor. Hypoglycemia means that your blood sugar levels are abnormally low and this zaps you of energy since blood sugar is the body's primary energy source. In addition to tiredness and weakness, other symptoms may include confusion, vision issues, heart palpitations, anxiety, hunger, tremor, sweating, and in less common cases, loss of consciousness and seizures.
To help keep your blood sugar levels steady, it is important to eat more often throughout the day. Your doctor can help you work out a good schedule for how often to eat and the best foods to eat. Carrying around hard candy that contains sugar can help when you experience any acute episodes. If drops in blood sugar are common, you may also want to carry around a blood sugar monitor and your doctor may suggest a prescription form of a fast-acting glucose. You should also talk to your doctor because there may be an underlying cause of this condition.
Other Possible Causes of Weakness and Lack of Energy
If you have been evaluated by your doctor and it is determined that dehydration and hypoglycemia are not the cause of your period-related weakness and tiredness, it is important to talk further. Fatigue is not uncommon during your period and many women experience this, but you should not be weak and tired to the point where it interferes with your daily life. Your doctor can help you determine the cause and get started with a treatment and/or lifestyle changes to help you get your life back on track.