Why Do You Gain Weight on Your Period?

A woman's weight gain during her period is often part of the common symptoms she experiences while having premenstrual syndrome (also known as PMS). Experts at the Penn State's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center state that up to three-quarters of women are affected by PMS, and symptoms may appear 5-11 days before their period. Other symptoms of PMS include bloating, abdominal cramps, and irritability.

Weight gain during a period is usually due to water retention in the tissues. Although it is not a serious condition, women may be alarmed that they can gain a few pounds, ranging from one to six pounds. Others can gain as much as ten pounds, even if they feel that they have not done anything to increase their weight.

Causes of Weight Gain during Period

Weight gain during the menstrual cycle has certain causes, including water retention, bloating, overeating or food craving and drop in magnesium levels.

Treatment for Weight Gain during Period

Weight gain during a woman's period is often transient, but it may be a cause of concern especially for those who are trying to reduce their weight. 

Now you know the ways to control weight gain during periods.

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