Periods bring a whole host of crappy side effects, many of which are widely discussed. For instance, cramps are acknowledged as an especially painful part of the period process, but there are some more surprising period side effects that deserve more attention from the medical community.
Your period can affect anything from your vision to your hydration levels, but why does it have so much power? The short answer: hormones. Low levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone trigger the start of menstruation, according to SexInfo Online. But these hormones affect more than your cycle; they can influence everything from sleep habits to anxiety levels. Basically, the far-reaching effects of hormones are difficult to overstate.
In general, these effects are not terrible — they're just things you might have written off beforehand. So if you experience painful issues in the bathroom or extreme fatigue with every period, just remember that you aren't alone. Plenty of other women deal with these same issues, even if they aren't talked about that often. Read on to learn about all the weird body stuff that can be caused by your monthly visitor. And as always, if something about your health is causing concern, then reach out to a doctor for advice.