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Any women out there notice increased strength&stamina during menstruation?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 28, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Hi- so I'm wondering if its just me or if anyone else notices superwoman strength during the bleeding phase of the cycle? I get really hungry and eat like an insatiable beast pre-menstrually (as in tons of honey/ almond butter/ crack out on cereal etc) and feel like crap, but then, it comes and I am a non stop strength and endurance machine?!? I like it! I not particularly low carb or low cal so I don't think it has to do with the binge replenishing low glycogen... But maybe. Anyone else have similar experiences? Or, alternatively, radically different experiences? I know some people with low iron get weaker during their cycle. Also, any evolutionary biology theories about this would be interesting. Thanks for reading-- looking forward to your input.

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Interesting-- it does feel a little "testosterone-y" in that I was grunting quite a bit! The article does say its a good time fir strength and anaerobic conditioning... Thanks for sharing your input and experiences everyone!

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on May 29, 2013
at 05:37 PM

Oh yeah- I wish I could re-tap into that nesting instinct, I was so organized after that!

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on May 29, 2013
at 01:50 PM

I wonder if that's the effect of hormones on ligaments?

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on May 29, 2013
at 01:50 PM

That is a cool article! Thanks for sharing. The table is definitely reflective of what I've noticed about my own cycle.

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on May 29, 2013
at 09:54 AM

I think it might be something to do with testosterone levels, however there have been studied to show that this isn't the case.

Testosterone levels rise gradually from about the 24th day of a woman???s menstrual cycle until ovulation on about the 14th day of the next cycle, and during this period the woman???s desire for sex increase consistently.

The 13th day is generally the day with the highest testosterone levels. In the week following ovulation, the testosterone level is the lowest.

There's an interesting table about half way down this page http://www.optimumh.co.uk/influence-of-menstrual-cycle-on-strength-training-and-timing/

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on May 29, 2013
at 01:50 PM

That is a cool article! Thanks for sharing. The table is definitely reflective of what I've noticed about my own cycle.

9a783f1b60e2936f07f1f38fc62c11e4

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on May 29, 2013
at 05:42 PM

Interesting-- it does feel a little "testosterone-y" in that I was grunting quite a bit! The article does say its a good time fir strength and anaerobic conditioning... Thanks for sharing your input and experiences everyone!

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on May 28, 2013
at 10:04 PM

I had a coach in college tell me this, and I remember thinking, whatever dude! For my first 2 days that are extremely heavy I feel weak. But by day 3 I'm ready to go, and I feel really strong on day 5, stronger than usual. At this point I am usually bleeding lightly. This feeling fades by mid-month. I've also noticed since going paleo that my sex drive really kicks in on that day 5, which makes no sense to me since I'm still bleeding!

But at that point my estrogen is starting to go up, so maybe my body senses that initial rise in estrogen. No idea of the evolutionary advantage for that one! Maybe to prepare an environment in which to conceive?

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on May 29, 2013
at 11:53 AM

I don't notice strength changes, but my flexibility definitely increases at that time of month and quite a few of my friends find the same.. It adds about 6 inches to my oversplits and while I can just back bend enough to get my feet on my head its easy when I'm on my period!

I only have a couple of periods a year though - I'm still waiting for a regular cycle :/

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on May 29, 2013
at 01:50 PM

I wonder if that's the effect of hormones on ligaments?

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on May 29, 2013
at 07:08 AM

I've experienced the same thing, and it feels a lot like the nesting instinct that kicks in during very early labor. I think it must be a similar hormonal shift.

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on May 29, 2013
at 05:37 PM

Oh yeah- I wish I could re-tap into that nesting instinct, I was so organized after that!

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on May 28, 2013
at 09:10 PM

Premenstrually, my digestive system grinds to a halt and I get so bloated I can barely eat a thing as there's no room in my intestines.

I can't do any aerobic exercise from 4 days before my period as it brings on bad cramps and possible fainting, diarrhea and vomiting as my poor inflamed uterine muscles aren't getting enough oxygen.

I don't train often or hard enough to see a definite pattern but if anything I'm weaker in the gym after a few days of bleeding, although I don't bleed heavily so I don't really notice a difference.

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