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Does alcohol make you bleed more on your period?

Question Posted Wednesday July 21 2010, 6:51 am

I am 22 and have been having my period since I was 12. I have some really bad cramps tonight. I was thinking of having a few drinks tonight so I'd sleep better and not be waking up with cramps all night long.

I know alchol makes you bleed more though when you have wounds. If I drink tonight will it make my period heavier? Will it make my cramps worse for some reason?


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JesusFreakGirl answered Tuesday July 27 2010, 1:47 am:
No, it won't make you bleed more. When you have your period, you really aren't bleeding. You're releasing what was stored in your uteran walls, flushing it out. You can't bleed more than what was already stored. However, some people have freak incidences where their hormones don't tell their bodies to stop releasing, so then they are releasing as more blood is filling the walls of the uterus, which is actually more like a bleeding wound. But drinking won't make that happen. But drinking won't stop your cramps either, or help you sleep. Drinking makes you tired, but interrupts your REM cycle, not letting you get quality sleep.

My advice, just take a Tynenol PM and don't go to bed on an empty stomach.

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Advicelady6798 answered Wednesday July 21 2010, 1:50 pm:
Acually it can alot more damage than just a heavier flow. Hormones are chemical messengers that control and coordinate the functions of all tissues and organs. Each hormone is secreted from a particular gland and distributed throughout the body to act on tissues at different sites. Two areas of the brain, the hypothalamus and the pituitary, release hormones, as do glands in other parts of the body, such as the thyroid, adrenal glands, gonads, pancreas, and parathyroid. For hormones to function properly, their amount and the timing of their release must be finely coordinated, and the target tissues must be able to respond to them accurately. Alcohol can impair the functions of the hormone-releasing glands and of the target tissues, thereby causing serious medical consequences.

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