If You’re Overweight Or Underweight, You’re More Likely To Have Period Complications
If you're overweight or underweight, it can have a major impact on the size and regularity your cycle. Women who are overweight have a lot of issues with abnormalities in their period, says Dr. Linda Bradley, director of the Center for Menstrual Disorders, Fibroids and Hysteroscopic Services at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Women who are overweight have fat stores in the stomach, abdomen and buttocks that make a chemical called androstenedione that turns into estrogen, and this change has an impact on their cycles, she says. These women more often have heavier and irregular periods. On the other hand, when women engage in extreme amounts of diet and exercise, it can have the adverse effect and these women can develop amenorrheic where they don’t get a period at all. This often happens when their body drops below 8-12 percent. Because fat cells contribute to one-third of estrogen levels in women, if they don’t have estrogen, the body will stop menstruating.