Irregular periods, PMS symptoms and excruciating pain could all be signs that your hormonal activity and gut health are affecting your menstrual cycle. A small imbalance of hormones is a common root cause of a wide range of health issues; the most dangerous being missed or no periods at all. Many natural aids can help regulate periods, and yes, probiotics are a popular option that can help!
If you would like to find out how probiotics can help with your periods then look no further…
Today's blog post will clear up any confusion surrounding how probiotics can help with periods, by exploring what link they have to our gut health and the side effects they can help relieve. We will also advise you on how to ensure you are taking probiotics safely whilst on your periods.
Do probiotics balance hormones?
One of the main functions of probiotics is to help regulate hormones around the body as probiotics act like fertilizer to stimulate the growth and reproduction of healthy bacteria in the gut. Essentially, probiotics work to keep the gut bacteria healthy and support it by providing an additional source of healthy bacteria to avoid a plethora of health problems stemming from an unhealthy gut. Probiotics can help to support the gut’s microbiome to keep hormones level and regulated to help a woman's periods.
It is important to make sure the gut is healthy so that it can make sure hormones are regulating and working as they should and not creating an imbalance within themselves as this can lead to many menstrual-related issues. A hormonal imbalance is one of the causes behind irregular, painful or even absent periods. Every woman should have at least 3-4 periods each year to ensure they are not at risk of severe health complications later down the line. A woman's womb lining needs to shed regularly and it does so, of course, through a period.
No matter how small, hormonal activity and an imbalance can have very serious side effects on a woman’s health, which is the main reason why probiotics have become a must for many women to implement into their daily routines.
Probiotics can safely regulate hormonal activity and levels by supporting healthy gut bacteria; the benefits do not end there!
Do probiotics help PMS?
PMS, premenstrual syndrome, is the name given to the grouped symptoms that can affect a woman leading up to her next period. These symptoms, as many women know, can last for as long as a couple of weeks before a woman's menstrual cycle. The pain a woman can expect to experience whilst on her period can be excruciating enough without having to worry about the toll PMS can also have on her physical and mental health.
Probiotics are known to help relieve many side effects of PMS as many are caused by an imbalanced microbiome. If a women's microbiome is imbalanced then so are her hormones which can cause the body to have too much Estrogen that can not be regulated around the body properly.
This imbalance can lead to many gut-related issues like inflammation, bloating and fluid retention which can make PMS even more uncomfortable. An increased risk of an unhealthy gut paired with an imbalance of vital hormones can make stomach cramps, period flow and bloating even more uncomfortable.
Probiotics work to ensure that they support a healthy gut so that it can function correctly without any hormonal-related obstructions that could in turn affect a woman's cycle and PMS symptoms to the point of unbearable pain.
Can I take probiotics during periods?
Let's say that you have been taking probiotics regularly and after a couple of weeks you are now finding that your PMS symptoms are more manageable, your hormonal activity feels balanced and your menstrual cycle is now regular; should you still keep taking probiotics during your period?
The short answer is yes, you should continue to keep taking your probiotics even during your period as they will continue to support your gut health and manage other symptoms that can increase during menstruation like gastrointestinal side effects. They will help ease heartburn, indigestion and constipation which are also very common for women to experience during their menstrual cycle.
If you are taking probiotics regularly, to help with your periods, then it's important to make sure that if you are taking any other medication at the same time that it is safe to do so. Consult with your doctor or pharmacists if you are taking any prescription medication whilst also taking probiotics to make sure they are safe to take simultaneously without causing any further side effects.
What are the first signs that probiotics are helping my periods?
It may take a couple of weeks before you start to notice your probiotics working but they will begin to support your internal gut microbiome and overall gut health relatively quickly. In as little as two-three weeks, probiotics can help increase the number of healthy bacteria in the gut by reducing the amount of bacteria that is unhealthy. This will help to reduce inflammation and then over time you should begin to experience less stomach pain & bloating, frequent bowel movements and fewer vaginal infections.
There is no overnight cure for hormonal imbalance, gut health or PMS but taking probiotics regularly can help support and regulate all of them; by reducing discomfort, supporting regular periods and balancing hormone levels. Over time you should find that each period is both more manageable and frequent; that is the true sign that probiotics are working not just short-term but for an extended time.
Probiotics can do more than just help with period-related symptoms but also regulate them and keep the gut healthy all at once. Now you know just how beneficial probiotics can be if you struggle with a hormonal imbalance, an unhealthy gut and even PMS symptoms.
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