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Hey, I'm curious about something that's happened with every period I've ever had. Usually the first or second day, Generally while standing but sometimes sitting too, my vulva starts to feel REALLY heavy. This can last for hours, and isn't painful, but it's not comfortable either. My mom and sister both experience this feeling too, and I'm told that lots of women feel it during pregnancy. I just was wondering if anyone knows what causes this feeling.

Just curious...


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I think we'd have to theorize with this a little but I think we can in a couple ways.

For one, all of our internal organs are stacked on top of each other. So, when one gets fuller or more active, we can feel pressure from that on others, or on body parts around them. For instance, when we eat a big meal, we can often feel that pressure, that heaviness in our stomachs as we digest, in our bodies. The same may be what's happening for you here per your uterus and your vulva.

Also, menstruation causes a fairly abrupt drop in our levels of estrogen and progesterone. There's a gradual decline leading up to menstruation, but when it starts, it's a pretty major sea change. And those hormones and their levels definitely can impact how our vulvas can feel.

One or both of those issues -- I'd say probably both -- would be my best educated guesses.

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