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Thread started 11/16/04 10:40pm

applekisses

Why do women retain water when they're on their periods?

bawl My tummy is sticking out...it feels like a basketball...my best friend sings "Basketball Jones" to me at this time of the month lol What the heck could be the biological purpose of retaining water? Is it so we don't dehydrate when we lose blood? sigh What was Mother Nature thinking?!!?
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Reply #1 posted 11/16/04 11:06pm

applekisses

I just found out why! biggrin


"In women it usually occurs in the week or so before menstruation. During this time, the surge in estrogen triggers the production of aldosterone. This hormone makes the kidneys retain water, which tends to collect in the breasts and abdomen. Some women gain several pounds during this time. Other women simply experience a shift in the distribution in water with no weight gain. Slacks and blouses often fit more snugly, however."

http://www.mothernature.c...16/262.cfm

(it still sucks, though!)
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Reply #2 posted 11/16/04 11:47pm

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Gee I never noticed.
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Reply #3 posted 11/17/04 12:17am

JDINTERACTIVE

So they can have a drink? confused
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Reply #4 posted 11/17/04 12:19am

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JDINTERACTIVE said:

So they can have a drink? confused


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Reply #5 posted 11/17/04 10:48am

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JDINTERACTIVE said:

So they can have a drink? confused



fishslap You're annoying today JD neutral
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Reply #6 posted 11/17/04 2:59pm

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JDINTERACTIVE said:

So they can have a drink? confused


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Reply #7 posted 11/17/04 3:08pm

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applekisses said:

I just found out why! biggrin


"In women it usually occurs in the week or so before menstruation. During this time, the surge in estrogen triggers the production of aldosterone. This hormone makes the kidneys retain water, which tends to collect in the breasts and abdomen. Some women gain several pounds during this time. Other women simply experience a shift in the distribution in water with no weight gain. Slacks and blouses often fit more snugly, however."

http://www.mothernature.c...16/262.cfm

(it still sucks, though!)


nod I only retain water when I get the "synthetic" menstruation brought on by my HRT medication
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Reply #8 posted 11/17/04 3:14pm

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applekisses said:

I just found out why! biggrin


"In women it usually occurs in the week or so before menstruation. During this time, the surge in estrogen triggers the production of aldosterone. This hormone makes the kidneys retain water, which tends to collect in the breasts and abdomen. Some women gain several pounds during this time. Other women simply experience a shift in the distribution in water with no weight gain. Slacks and blouses often fit more snugly, however."

http://www.mothernature.c...16/262.cfm

(it still sucks, though!)


You know, this explanation makes sense, because right before my period starts, I tend to urinate more often. (Can't believe I just said that right here on the org! lol ) But yes, it does suck, big time! hug
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Reply #9 posted 11/17/04 3:16pm

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AndGodCreatedMe said:

JDINTERACTIVE said:

So they can have a drink? confused



fishslap You're annoying today JD neutral


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Reply #10 posted 11/17/04 3:21pm

subhuman09

Hang in there apple!

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Remember, for some folks water isn't a bad thing.

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Reply #11 posted 11/17/04 4:14pm

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But it doesn't say why more water is necessary... Just that the estrogen makes it so. harrumph.

I, too, suffer from water retention. I get all bloaty like I just tried to drink a 6 pack or somethin.
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Reply #12 posted 11/17/04 9:35pm

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JDINTERACTIVE said:

AndGodCreatedMe said:




fishslap You're annoying today JD neutral


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Reply #13 posted 11/17/04 9:51pm

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You girls want to come over here.....we have a drought going on. We could use the water.
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Reply #14 posted 11/17/04 9:54pm

applekisses

althom said:

You girls want to come over here.....we have a drought going on. We could use the water.


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Reply #15 posted 11/17/04 10:07pm

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CarrieMpls said:


I, too, suffer from water retention. I get all bloaty like I just tried to drink a 6 pack or somethin.

Shit!, I have that problem too! omfg drink
When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.
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Reply #16 posted 11/17/04 10:16pm

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bkw said:

CarrieMpls said:


I, too, suffer from water retention. I get all bloaty like I just tried to drink a 6 pack or somethin.

Shit!, I have that problem too! omfg drink

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Reply #17 posted 11/17/04 10:21pm

applekisses

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Hang in there apple!

hug

Remember, for some folks water isn't a bad thing.

penguin



hug I need to be more like Harold smile
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Reply #18 posted 11/17/04 11:13pm

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Well i dunno if i retain water cause i get a lil like this: cry giggle and usually it's over something really silly too or sometimez things dat would normally affect me, but at dat time of month... my reaction is magnified about ten timez...and i try to restrain it, but i can't stop it. I'd much rather hide and not let people see me around my werewolf time ...awooooo!!! lol oh dearz.
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Reply #19 posted 11/18/04 12:02am

lil1

I save everything and I'm a guy lol
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Reply #20 posted 11/18/04 12:42am

JoweeCoco

People who use anabolic steroids get the same. lol
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Reply #21 posted 11/18/04 12:52am

applekisses

lilmissmissy said:

Well i dunno if i retain water cause i get a lil like this: cry giggle and usually it's over something really silly too or sometimez things dat would normally affect me, but at dat time of month... my reaction is magnified about ten timez...and i try to restrain it, but i can't stop it. I'd much rather hide and not let people see me around my werewolf time ...awooooo!!! lol oh dearz.



lol I know EXACTLY what you mean! biggrin
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Reply #22 posted 11/18/04 3:11am

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applekisses said:

I just found out why! biggrin


"In women it usually occurs in the week or so before menstruation. During this time, the surge in estrogen triggers the production of aldosterone. This hormone makes the kidneys retain water, which tends to collect in the breasts and abdomen. Some women gain several pounds during this time. Other women simply experience a shift in the distribution in water with no weight gain. Slacks and blouses often fit more snugly, however."

http://www.mothernature.c...16/262.cfm

(it still sucks, though!)



Hmm. I suppose that makes sense. Doesn't explain why it does that though, just how. For me, only my boobs get bigger and nothing else. It's nice being a B cup instead of my usual A for a few days. smile
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Reply #23 posted 11/18/04 4:37am

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applekisses said:

lilmissmissy said:

Well i dunno if i retain water cause i get a lil like this: cry giggle and usually it's over something really silly too or sometimez things dat would normally affect me, but at dat time of month... my reaction is magnified about ten timez...and i try to restrain it, but i can't stop it. I'd much rather hide and not let people see me around my werewolf time ...awooooo!!! lol oh dearz.



lol I know EXACTLY what you mean! biggrin


lol Amen to dat!! giggle
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Reply #24 posted 11/18/04 6:17am

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AAAhhhhh Ladies, that old problem.

The aldosterone is dependant on electrolyte concentration (potassium, calcuim etc) the kidneys main function is to ballance electrolytes and water in the body. Hence for aldosterone to remain high the kidney has to ballance the electrolites with more water. Hence water retention.

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Reply #25 posted 11/18/04 8:20am

Heavenly

So what happens to the water after?
You have a few days full of peeing every five minutes?
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Reply #26 posted 11/18/04 9:38am

JasmineFire

but if you drink more water around that time, don;t you end up retaining less?
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Reply #27 posted 11/18/04 10:05am

applekisses

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applekisses said:

I just found out why! biggrin


"In women it usually occurs in the week or so before menstruation. During this time, the surge in estrogen triggers the production of aldosterone. This hormone makes the kidneys retain water, which tends to collect in the breasts and abdomen. Some women gain several pounds during this time. Other women simply experience a shift in the distribution in water with no weight gain. Slacks and blouses often fit more snugly, however."

http://www.mothernature.c...16/262.cfm

(it still sucks, though!)



Hmm. I suppose that makes sense. Doesn't explain why it does that though, just how. For me, only my boobs get bigger and nothing else. It's nice being a B cup instead of my usual A for a few days. smile


sigh That happens to me too...and I go from a D cup to a double-D bawl
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Reply #28 posted 11/18/04 10:06am

applekisses

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applekisses said:




lol I know EXACTLY what you mean! biggrin


lol Amen to dat!! giggle



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Reply #29 posted 11/18/04 11:17am

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althom said:

You girls want to come over here.....we have a drought going on. We could use the water.


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