yeah.. the menfolk who are affected by squick stuff might want to look away for this one. heh.

It seems that menustration can affect how badly you injure yourself. This confirms a long held belief of mine that menustration affects the body far more than doctors often give credit for.

This article from the BBC points out that at the point of ovultion,  the body’s supply of oestrogen drops rapidly, and this negatively affects the ligaments and muscles of the body (oestrogen strengthening the ligaments and muscles). then, 2 weeks later, as the body is gearing up for bleeding, another hormone, relaxin (which if i’m not mistaken is the same hormone that is released in pregnancy to relax the muscles to allow baby to grow) is released in order to soften the cervix so that the blood can flow out.

I’ve noticed that not only is mood affected by the menstrual cycle, in PMS, but weight loss is as well. Much of that can probably be attributed to the effects on mood: its far harder to have the get-up-and-go to the gym if you’re feeling really awful.. and much easier to reach for that bar of chocolate. Certainly my own body is badly affected by my cycle: at the point of ovulation and menstruation, i am acutely sensitive to blood sugar in a way that i am not the rest of the time (and no, i’m not diabetic, i’ve been checked for that many times). I know diet can have a crucial effect on PMS: a recent BBC programme showed the results of a study that showed that taking extra supplies of calcium and vitamin D can help to reduce the effects of PMS quite a lot.

I wish research could be done into the other ways that the menstrual cycle can affect women.. and ways around it. Until then I just have to keep noting my own symptoms, coming up with my own theories, and testing solutions out. Still.. interesting article.