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Nose Bleeding with Menstrual Cycle
claypearl posted:
I have started to get nose bleeds when I'm on my menstrual cycle. If I sneeze any time during my period my nose bleeds and it won't stop for at least 5 mins of holding my head back wth tissue plugging it. Is there something wrong with me that I should get checked out.
Jane Harrison Hohner, RN, RNP responded:
Dear claypearl (cool screen name!): MULTIPLE literature searches at the National Library of Medicine failed to yield any good studies on nosebleeds during menstruation. There is a small amount written about a genetic disorder where nosebleeds may have a diurnal appearance (more in AM than PM), but nothing about menses.

There is an enzyme produced by the lining of the uterus designed to keep menstrual blood from clotting. This allows the menstrual fluid to more readily pass out of the tiny cervical canal and into the vagina. When a woman is bleeding very heavily during her period the amount of flow surpasses the amount of enzyme--thus leading to passage of large clots. However, the action of this enzyme is localized to the inside of the uterus so it should not have anything to do with inability of nose blood to clot.

Bottom line, this is one for an ENT MD rather than a GYN. An ear,nose & throat MD can hopefully give you the most "for sure" answer to the nose bleeds.

Christen26 responded:
I am not rendering a professional or expert opinion, but I have this very problem. I asked my GYN some years back but she said there is no correlation. I find this hard to believe, because at 52, I am still getting a menstrual cycle, HORRID pms, and like clockwork, every month, I have very increased amounts of blood in my nose. For me, it seems like a massive overload of fluid in my entire body, due to water retention. I did google this issue just now,and it seems there are multiple links; hence others clearly have this same problem. Glad you posted!
nervousinnewjersey replied to Christen26's response:
I agree with you Christen26. I def think there is a connection because this is happening to me as well! Now, 2 facts about me, I have been getting nose bleeds since I was a kid [my DAD gets them to and others on his side of the family> and I also suffer with HORRIBLE PAIN each and every month of my ENEMY [menstral cycle> ever since the first time I got it. there never used to be a connection, however, during this past year, I will get a nosebleed right before my enemy begins within an hour! it's very strange. I would love to know why this is happening.
gussy88 replied to nervousinnewjersey's response:
I agree as well. I too get nose bleeds with my cycle. As I turned 40 and in the few years since my cramps have increased from nothing to severe, and flow is significantly heavier. I am 43 now and these symptoms have been going on for 3-4 years. I think the cramps and flow intensity is due to age but I have never heard anything about the nosebleeds. I would also like to know the cause. I was unable to get pregnant, don't know if this is a coincidence or some sort of related issue.
missmal responded:
I'm only 19 and just today I was sitting in my class at school and I got a bloody nose. Sure enough by the time I got home I had gotten my period. Now this has happened to me other times but today i googled it and found this post. At least I know I'm not alone. And like another lady said I also had nose bleeds all the time as a child. I just wish i knew what was causing it and if there was some way to stop it or at least try to control it.
fiyah replied to missmal's response:
Time to do a study on this because I get nosebleeds too during my cycle. There was something online, see below link:
diamonds4eva46 responded:
I have been doing research and I found out about something called vicarious menstruation which is typically in the left nostril, happens during the first day or your period and usually occurs when your cycle is abnormal ( all are true regarding me and my nosebleeds as well). Hope this helped and gave you a starting point for some understanding.
jenscandyland responded:
Yes I have had the same thing happen. I have always called it my overflow. Lol. Its my warning my period is on its way. Never fails. Sometimes it sticks around, off and on during my period.
bluebird427 responded:
I had this problem for a while, and sometimes it still happens, but not to the extent of a solid nosebleed. Sometimes I'll get an itchy spot in my nose, and when I get a tissue to "scratch" it, I often end up with a small blood spot, and it always happens during the menstrual cycle. I personally think that sometimes, the female body just has higher blood pressure and it tries to find a way to release some extra (the nose being the easiest). It could just also be that a body under stress, and under-hydrated, could producing a nosebleed. This is just my opinion, which is not a professional one.
anniemoose responded:
I've also had bloody noses since I was a kid. I get them BAD. They usually only last five minutes, but my hand fills with blood by the time I can get to the bathroom for tissues. And I always get one or two during my period. I found a blog about vicarious menstruation, then this abstract I thought was interesting: [br> [br>I'm not paying for the article, but it's interesting to me that they knew something about this problem back then and seem to have forgotten or dismissed it nowadays. BS!
jo22k replied to anniemoose's response:
I also have been getting nose bleeds the day before I get my period too. I have to hold it for 5-6 minutes as well to make it stop. Nose bleeds were also common for me growing up too.
salbinski8 responded:
salbinski8 posted: In my early teens, I suffered from very heavy nosebleeds but they seemed to be only during the summer months and were attributed to hayfever (which I do think to be the most likely link due to their seasonal nature). However a nurse friend of my mum's suggested at the time that, although I hadn't started my periods, it was likely that there was a link to the onset of menstruation. The nosebleeds did stop after my periods began when I was almost 15. However, I am now 49, have very heavy and painful periods with a lot of blood clots and, lo and behold, the nosebleeds have returned, although nothing like as severe as when I was a teen. They coincide exactly when I start my period and are consistent throughout the year, not just in the summer months. I hadn't had a period (or nosebleed) for nearly three months and was beginning to think I might have stopped having them, but this week I've started a period and have had a nosebleed at exactly the same time. Coincidence? After reading other links, I have noticed that the nosebleed I'm having right now as I write (which was what brought me to this website in the first place) is coming from my left nostril but I have to say, I've really not noticed whether this has always been the case. I will pay attention to that next time I have one. To my mind, I feel that there is a link between menstruation and nosebleeds but, not being a medical person, I've no idea why this should be the case, I speak only from my own personal experience.
Lebisa responded:
Wow. I just got online because for three months I've been getting nose bleeds with my period. I didn't think I was going to find anything on it, but in a way I am relieved that it is not as uncommon. Research on women's health issues have always been lagging. But I think if enough of us keep mentioning it, someone might take an interest. Hopefully it is not too serious.
Lebisa replied to Jane Harrison Hohner, RN, RNP's response:
After reading some many people having this same problem, I started to think it could be related to ingredients in the meds we take to handle menstrual cramps and heavy bleeding. But, I haven't taken anything this time around and my nose is bleeding anyway. Maybe the uterus is leaking this enzyme? Interesting topic.

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