The body of a woman is faced with a number of symptoms that result from our menstrual cycles every month. When a woman’s body is preparing for pregnancy but instead the monthly period occurs, it results to a number of side effects including menstrual cramps, muscle aches, fatigue, headaches, mood swings and bloating.
However, no matter how stressed our body is, fever symptoms shouldn’t be taken likely, because it can be an indicator of a more serious underlying condition. Fevers are not common during the period cycle, and can point to a medical condition or infection going on at the time of menstrual flow.
Symptoms of Fever
Signs and symptoms of your fever will typically depend on the underlying cause. However, some symptoms can include;
- Excessive sweating
- Sinus congestion
- Body and muscle aches
- Sore throat
Body temperature that is above the normal measurement of 98.6 Fahrenheit is considered a fever.
Can Your Period Cause a Fever?
Your period may not cause fever, but the possible cause of a fever during your menstrual cycle may be as a result of an underlying medical condition. These conditions can have an effect on or result from menstruation, but it is not common that fevers are a direct side effect of menstrual symptoms. There are a few medical conditions that women may have if they experience a fever during their menstrual cycle:
Endometriosis: This is a reproductive condition that occurs when the uterus lining grows on the outside of the uterus. If you have endometriosis, a low-grade fever can be present during a part of the menstrual cycle. If you experience a simple low-grade fever without any other persistent symptoms that align with these conditions, you may just be feeling the effects of the flu or a cold. If the fever persists, elevates or becomes regular with your menstrual cycle, you should seek medical advice.
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID): PID is a sexually transmitted disease that is caused by sexually transmitted bacteria or the insertion of intrauterine devices. Although symptoms are not always noticeable, a fever is usually one of the symptoms that do occur, if any. For severe cases of PID infections, fevers may rise to higher than 101 degrees F.
Toxic Shock Syndrome: Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) can be a fatal infection caused by the use of high absorbent tampons. Some symptoms of TSS can be an unexpected high body temperature, muscles aches, rashes, vomiting or diarrhea, headaches, confusion, low blood pressure, redness, seizures. See your doctor if you have any of these symptoms.
Can Fever Affect My Menstrual Cycle?
Fever don’t have any effect on menstrual cycle, even though they can be present during the period in addition to other symptoms, the actual fever itself will normally have no effect on the cycle. Fevers may result as the product of an underlying condition caused by the reproductive cycle, or can be caused by an plain condition affecting your body in combination with your cycle. If the fever is due to an illness on top of your menstrual cycle, then it may result to an irregularity or delay in your period.
If you’re experiencing a fever during your menstrual cycle, it could be due to a preexisting illness, such as the flu or a cold. If the fever is to be brought on during this time of your cycle exactly, then it could be the result of an underlying condition, or even an infection taking place in the reproductive organs.
When to See a Doctor
Some women experience fevers during their menstrual cycle, though it is not usually associated with the menstrual cycle as a symptom. If your fever is accompanied by menstruation that stops for three months or longer, or you have longer or shorter menstrual cycles, vomiting and weakness, severe abdominal pain, excessive menstrual bleeding, bleeding between periods, then you should see your doctor.