There are many everyday things that can affect your menstrual cycle. 

If you have noticed irregularities in your menstrual cycle, it’s always a good idea to try to pinpoint what is causing them because, sometimes, irregularities could indicate a serious health problem. However, there are many everyday things that can also impact your menstrual cycle, and in our last blog, our OBGYN in Venice went over a few of them. Keep reading to learn about more common, everyday things that can impact your period:

#4. Alcohol

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, even if you don’t drink enough alcohol to damage your liver, the alcohol could still have an impact on your menstrual cycle. This is because alcohol is thought to increase the levels of testosterone and estrogen in the body.

#5. Smoking

According to researchers from the University of Massachusets, women who smoke cigarettes tend to experience more intense PMS symptoms than women who don’t smoke. Additionally, researchers have found that smoking can alter the body’s levels of testosterone, progesterone and estrogen. It is also common for smokers to have shorter periods and experience more irregularities.

#6. Sleep

A lack of sleep is another thing that can throw off your menstrual cycle because changes in your sleep cycle can actually affect your reproductive hormones. This is why women who work irregular hours, such as nurses or flight attendants, experience irregular periods more often than women who work normal hours.

If your period is irregular and you are unsure about what is causing it, please contact our OBGYN in Venice to schedule your appointment.