The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the health of people across the globe. This coronavirus-induced lockdown has impacted the routine activities, eating habits, sleeping patterns, and physical activity.
According to Dr Anita S Chavan – Consultant Gynaecologist, Obstetrician, Laparoscopic Surgeon & Infertility Specialist at AXIS Hospital, Mumbai – the pandemic has put women under a lot of stress and has adversely affected the length and pattern of menstrual cycles.
“COVID-19 is a global pandemic, highly stressful situation and has adversely affected the length and pattern of menstrual cycles worldwide. Menstrual cycles have become irregular because of the coronavirus pandemic,” Dr Chavan said.
The reason behind this is the coronavirus pandemic which has spoiled their daily routine. Most of them are not having a healthy lifestyle.
While some women have experienced painful, long, heavy periods, others have skipped their cycles altogether. “There are increased symptoms of PMS (premenstrual tension) i.e. bloating, exhaustion, mood swings feeling of breast heaviness even 10 -12 days before their periods. Many are getting periods early i.e. every 21 days also due stress-induced hormonal imbalance,” the Gynaecologist said.
Stress is the main culprit behind irregularities in the menstrual cycle and is freaking out many women. Now women are wondering how to bring periods back on track. The only solution to this problem is to reduce stress levels.
This can be done by understanding that there is nothing in anyone’s hand about the current situation. Also, try to fix a daily routine. According to doctors, setting a routine and then following it religiously can help a lot. Having proper sleep, good eating habits, some workout may help in getting back to the normal routine.
“This can be easily corrected by maintaining a healthy diet, indoor physical activity / exercise, meditation, regular daily sleep, fewer media intake to avoid panic related to COVID infection,” the doctor said.