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4 Ways Coffee Affects Your Period

4 Ways Coffee Affects Your Period

Happy National Coffee Day!

September 29 is National Coffee Day where we celebrate our favourite morning drink. There is no denying that people around the world love their coffee!

Many studies suggest coffee has excellent benefits for your health. The caffeine in coffee can help fight heart disease, reduce stress, improve your memory and even help fight the common cold.

But too much coffee can be bad for you especially if you’re on your period.

Here are 4 useful coffee facts to consider when you have your next period.

4 Ways Coffee Affects Your Period
1. Coffee can make your cramps worse

Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor and constricts your blood vessels making your blood pressure go up, giving you that more awake feeling. If you drink too much coffee, it can be bad news for your period because it can worsen cramp pain and raise tension levels.

This doesn’t mean you have to stop drinking coffee completely. Choose a coffee with less caffeine like a darker roast or simply drink a little less.

2. Caffeine is added to painkillers commonly used to relieve menstrual pain

Caffeine is a common ingredient added to the painkiller drug acetaminophen (Tylenol). When caffeine is combined with acetaminophen, it increases the pain relieving effects. But beware – caffeine and acetaminophen can also cause slight nausea.

If you find yourself becoming nauseous, try taking painkillers without added caffeine.

3. Coffee can make you dehydrated

When you drink coffee, you’ve probably noticed that you pee more. This is because caffeine is a diuretic – a drug that makes you pee more and as a result it can leave you feeling dehydrated.

If you’re on your period, you may want to drink less coffee or choose a dark roast which has less caffeine. Make sure you drink lots of water to stay hydrated too.

4. Coffee can give you diarrhea

If you already experience diarrhea during your period, you may find that caffeine makes your period poops worse.

The oils and acids in coffee can irritate and flare up your intestines causing cramps and diarrhea. If you have a sensitive tummy, you may want to avoid coffee on your worst period days.

How are you celebrating National Coffee Day?

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About Dedy Wong

Dedy is the founder of The Period Blog and creator of The Little Red Kit. Her period is around 30 days long and likes to use pads and tampons -although she has tried just about everything including menstrual cups and period subscription boxes!

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