The core body temperature fluctuates during the ovulatory menstrual cycle. Women use this temperature difference as a retrospective indicator of an ovulatory cycle, which is most noticeable during sleep or immediately after waking before any activity. As a result, this compilation discusses the menstrual cycle’s response to increased body temperature in both normal and diseased states. It also discusses the cause of the temperature change and when the condition necessitates medical attention.
How is the menstrual cycle related to core body temperature?
It is not uncommon to feel feverish during your period. The menstrual cycle and body temperature are linked by prostaglandins and estrogen. Prostaglandins are molecules that, like hormones, act as chemical messengers in the body. The immune system usually produces these in response to viral or bacterial infections.
At the onset of the menstrual cycle, the uterine lining starts producing prostaglandins. These induced molecules bind with the receptors in the hypothalamus, the brain region responsible for temperature regulation. This may cause a minor rise in core body temperature. These are also responsible for uterine muscle contractions, which in some women can cause pain, discomfort, nausea, diarrhea, and cramping.
Furthermore, fluctuating estrogen levels cause menstrual symptoms. These include fatigue, bloating, mood swings, cramps, headaches, dizziness, chills, and muscle aches. As a result, there is a mild rise in the core body temperature. Please keep in mind that this temperature rise is only transitory and is not a result of any underlying medical condition or infection.
Does having a fever affect your period?
Fever is an increase in body temperature that can occur in conjunction with other menstrual cycle symptoms. As a symptom rather than a disease, fever has no effect on the cycle. However, a menstrual cycle or a visible medical condition affecting the body in conjunction with the cycle could result in an elevated body temperature. Therefore, if one develops a high fever due to an illness during the menstrual cycle, the added physical stress will certainly cause a period delay or irregularity.
When should a woman go to the doctor if she develops a fever during her period?
It should be emphasized that feeling feverish and having a body temperature of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or higher are not synonymous. As a result, high fever and prolonged menstruation should be taken seriously. In addition, if you have an irregular menstrual cycle, severe abdominal pain, excessive menstrual bleeding, bleeding between periods, or vomiting and weakness, you should seek medical attention right away.
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