A Gynecologist explains why women are so hungry during their menstruation

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The menstruation causes many changes in the functioning of the body of a woman. Not only causes pain in the belly area, but that also cause many other symptoms, often unknown, as for example the sensation of hunger.

Dr. S. Zev Williams, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and chief of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Columbia University states that “women have known for centuries that there was a link between appetite and the menstrual cycle, and, fortunately, recent studies have confirmed.”

Un ginecólogo explica las razones por las que las mujeres tienen tanta hambre cuando les viene la regla
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Throughout the menstrual cycle, hormones like estrogen and progesterone fluctuate. This directly affects the appetite. In the first place, the estrogen tends to decrease, while the progesterone may increase.

During ovulation, the estrogen is increasing and progesterone stays low. Just before the start of the menstrual period, things change, and the peaks of progesterone cause a ravenous hunger.

On the other hand, the metabolism also changes according to the phase of the menstrual cycle in the woman, ” explains Dr. Williams. The week previous to the start of menstruation, your body can require between 250 and 350 additional calories to perform the same tasks.

Un ginecólogo explica las razones por las que las mujeres tienen tanta hambre cuando les viene la regla
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The foods most beneficial for this time of the month are those rich in iron. To lose so much blood, you can experience a little bit of anemia, which can cause fatigue. Therefore, the foods that contain large amounts of iron will be your great allies.

Therefore, the next time its that time of the month, don’t be surprised if you suddenly feel hungry continuously. It is one of the many consequences caused by our menstrual cycle.

Do you get more hungry than normal when you have your cycle? Let us know in the comments!

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