Menstruation can cause impact your daily life for a whole week out of the month. You might feel more emotional, experience back pain or have bloating that makes you uncomfortable throughout the day. Bloating doesn’t go away for some women, and others experience it regularly. Fortunately, there are some life changes you can make to help with hormonal bloating throughout your cycle.
Reduce Bloating Quickly
There is a difference between bloating and inflammation that can help you decipher what you’re experiencing. Bloating is the extension of the stomach, usually after eating. Inflammation is swelling either due to a health issue or the body alerting you that it’s fighting off an infection.
Menstruation is a significant contributor to hormonal bloating. According to dietician Dr. Boham, bloating during your cycle is usually due to water retention or uterine inflammation. Both of these will usually subside once your cycle ends.
Aside from menstruation, the source of bloating is either swelling or gas in the stomach. There are some things you may be doing that contribute to the accumulation of air in the abdomen, including:
- Swallowing air while chewing gum.
- Talking while chewing up your food.
- Eating too quickly.
- Consuming too much salt.
- Drinking too many carbonated drinks.
- Eating more than necessary during meals.
- Consuming lots of sugars, especially artificial sweeteners.
If you experience bloating regularly, take a minute to analyze your diet. Are you making some of the choices above or consuming more than you should? If you’re trying to help with bloating, try making a few changes to your diet to see if that helps.
Getting Rid of Hormonal Bloating
Estrogen levels fluctuate during the menstrual cycle. Right before our cycles begin, there is a significant drop in the progesterone hormone. The body also tends to retain water whenever estrogen levels reach higher levels. You can do some things to help with your bloating, even when your hormones are unbalanced.
Proteins are always good for fueling your body. Potassium promotes fluid balance in the body. Foods that act as natural diuretics — like cucumbers, watermelon and asparagus — can help relieve some of that weight. Cooking at home can help you cut sodium and reduce water retention.
Avoid Foods That Cause Gas
If you’re already experiencing gas and bloating, you don’t want to consume foods that strengthen your symptoms.
Even though you might not feel up to it initially, exercise can help alleviate bloating, fatigue and muscle tension from your menstrual cycle.
Limit Caffeine and Alcohol
Alcohol can upset your stomach along with your uterus. Caffeine will irritate your bowels, which contributes to your bloating. It will also dehydrate you, cause your body to retain water and make you feel more bloated than before.
Take Medication As Needed
Taking over-the-counter medication for pain or periods can help alleviate some of those serious symptoms. You can also try taking one of these a few days before your period to help out.
Avoid Carbonated and Sugary Beverages
Try to avoid everything that isn’t water or flavored water. Artificial sweeteners, sugar and carbonation will only add to your bloating.
Get More Sleep
Sometimes the symptoms and pains of your cycle can interrupt sleep, but it is more important than ever to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night of your cycle.
Talk to Your OBGYN About the Pill
Contrary to popular belief, you can use the pill for more than just birth control. You can take hormonal birth control to tame some of those period symptoms. Talk to your doctor and see if this is an option for you.
Consult Your Doctor About a Diuretic
Diuretics, also known as water pills, help increase the production of urine. Water retention can cause serious pains and issues for some women. If you experience serious water retention, talk to your doctor about a diuretic to see if this is an option.
Monitor Your Fiber Intake
Fiber will promote bowel movements, which can irritate them and cause more bloating. It is essential to have fiber in your diet — just make sure you don’t overconsume.
Try IV Therapy
IV therapy can help reduce bloating by replenishing your body with fluids, nutrients and more. A trusted IV company can help relieve symptoms and help you feel better.
IV Therapy for Bloating
If you’re at a point where you feel like nothing is helping alleviate your bloating, we have the solution for you. Mobile IV Medics offers IV therapy for women experiencing period symptoms, including bloating, pain and more.
What Is IV Therapy?
If you’ve ever been in the hospital or had a procedure done, you’ve probably had an IV put into your body. Our therapy works the same way as we administer it through your veins. Our unique IV solutions deliver vitamins into your body to help alleviate your symptoms.
Even if you have not had an IV in the past, we can assure you it will definitely help you feel better. IV treatment for premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can help relieve symptoms such as:
- Fluid retention.
- Sleeping difficulties.
- Menstrual migraines.
The HER IV package can help restore hydration to the body and manage the typical menstrual symptoms. The ingredients in this IV package include:
- IV fluids: All packages have IV fluids as the base.
- Magnesium: Some of your symptoms could be from a magnesium deficiency, and an IV can replenish your body quickly.
- VitaminsB12andBcomplex: B vitamins support cell function and overall wellness.
- Anti-inflammatory medicine: This medication helps relieve general pains and headaches.
The HER IV therapy is a convenient way to provide your body with what it needs to fight against the period symptoms you’re experiencing.
Choose IV Therapy for Hormonal Bloating Relief
Mobile IV Medics can help you get through your period and menstrual symptoms every month. We can help you make it through the day feeling your best. If you’re looking for a convenient way to relieve cramps and bloating, you’re in the right place. Our at-home IV treatments are a simple, practical treatment choice.
If you’re interested in an at-home IV, you can contact us online, call us at (833) 483-7477 or book an appointment for our HER treatment here. Help relieve your period symptoms today with our easy, in-home options.
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- Benefits of Getting PMS IV Therapy on Your Period
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About the author
Nick Walter, MD
Nick Walter, M.D. is a licensed medical doctor and co-owner of Mobile IV Medics. Dr. Walter is board certified in family medicine and geriatrics. Prior to Mobile IV Medics, Nick worked as a primary care geriatrician. He holds a doctorate in medicine from the University of Arizona, a family medicine residency from St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ and a geriatrics fellowship from the University of Arizona.