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Breathing Through Your Cycle

Updated: Feb 20

Lets start understanding our menstrual cycles symptoms on a cellular level. Mood swings, pain, fatigue, anxiety just to name a few of our menstrual cycle symptoms. Lots of these can stem from breathlessness. Many women find that they have shortness of breath when their menstration is heavy and struggle with other symptoms during different phases of the cycle. This is because red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen through your body and delivery energy to the rest of your cells. Studies have been done and found that respiratory symptoms tend to worsen during the mid-luteal to mid-follicular phases of the menstrual cycle, this is between days 10 to 22 of the your cycle. The Follicular Phase is from day 1 to 14, and the Luteal Phase is from day 14 to 28. Here are some observatios from a recent study performed by researchers from Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway, reported in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Women with asthma had wheezing symptoms that were the most severe on cycles day 10 to 22 The women reported a mid-cycle dip in wheezing symptoms during ovulation (days 14 to 16) Shortness of breath symptoms were most severe on days 7 to 21. In a subgroup, shortness of breath symptom severity dipped on days 14 to 16. There were more coughs just after ovulation (days 14 to 16) in participants with asthma, regular smokers and those whose BMIs were at least 23. Shortness of breath can lead to fatigue, pain and other sleeplessness, mood swings, anxiety and so on. ❤️Helpful Suggestions❤️ Small sequencial breathholds and breath holding techniques actually help amplify your red blood cells and help produce more erythropoietin (EPO). Erythropoietin is a glycoprotein cytokine secreted mainly by the kidney in response to cellular hypoxia ( Hypoxia is a condition in which the body or a region of the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply at the tissue level) it stimulates red blood cell production in the bone marrow. With sequencial breath holding and EPO production you can eliviate fatigue, breathlessness, moods and pain associated with your menstrual cycle.

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