Your Work Shift Might Affect Your Menstrual Cycle
By on 14 September 2017
Do you work late nights or overnight shifts? I hate to break it to you, but this may be affecting your cycle…
Researchers in Britain recently did a study on work shift and how it affects people. One part of the study was specifically to see how it affects women and their menstrual cycles. Out of over 100,000 women studied, it was found that work shift (like working overnight or alternating shifts) made women have a 40% higher chance of menstrual problems.
What Causes This?
One of the main reasons for this is that shift work can mess up your natural circadian rhythm. This can affect your body in such a way that your biological functions are disrupted. These findings are the same as they were in previous studies as well.
Another issue that can arise is stress. Typically, shift workers don’t have a set “bed time.” Going to bed at random hours can cause a lot of stress. As well as having fluctuating work hours. Stress on its own can change your cycle, some women completely miss their period during times of extreme stress.
Working on little sleep can wreak havoc on our bodies. Having a set routine is very important for your health.
Do I Have to Find a New Job?
Of course not! You don’t have to do anything. You can stay at your current job if you like it, but you should pay attention to warning signs your body gives you. If you begin noticing a dramatic change in your menstrual cycle, you should probably go in for a quick check up with your doctor.
Many things can affect our cycles, but most people don’t think about their job being one of them. Of course, you don’t need to quit your job if you’re a shift worker. Although, if it begins bothering you, you might want to consider your other options. Your health should always come first.