General health

I tend to feel cold (with chilly hands) a few days before I get my period. Is that normal? Does our body temperature change before/during menstruation?

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  1. Dr Lim Min Yu
  2. Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
  3. 01 Feb 2021
  4. Expert
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Your body temperature does change during the menstrual cycle. There is usually a rise (by about 0.5 C) after you ovulate, and your temperature remains higher for approximately 2 weeks after ovulation, which is known as the luteal phase. Your temperature will then fall as you move towards having your period. This could be why you feel colder with cold hands before your period.
Measuring the basal body temperature is an established way of predicting ovulation, and is used by many women when trying to conceive to find the best time to have sex.

  1. User
  2. 23 Feb 2021
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Yes, this happened to me too. I noticed this for years. I tend to feel cold easily when my period is coming.

  1. Shann
  2. 03 Feb 2021
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That's interesting! Thank you for answering, Dr Lim.

I'm curious though, has any of you ladies experienced this? I've asked my girlfriends and so far no one has noticed any change in their temp before their period. But now I'm glad to know that the temp change is just a part of ovulation. :)

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