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HomeAnswersObstetrics and Gynecologybelly bloatingI am experiencing lighter periods and bloated stomach. Why?

How can someone lose weight effectively and overcome bloating along with light periods?

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Published At April 24, 2023
Reviewed AtOctober 16, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have very light periods where my bleeding was nonexistent. I am not pregnant, but currently experiencing brown-reddish discharge. I am taking iron supplements also my thyroid test came back normal. I am experiencing difficulty in losing weight. My belly seems bloated and exercising increases weight instead of loss.

What should I do?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

How are you doing today? Here are some possible explanations for your symptoms and what you can do:

  • Hormonal imbalances: Hormonal imbalances can cause changes in your menstrual cycle, weight gain, and difficulty losing weight. You may want to speak with your doctor about testing your hormone levels and discussing treatment options.
  • Thyroid issues: Even if your thyroid test came back normal, it is still possible that you have a thyroid issue.
  • Diet and exercise: Eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly can help with weight loss and bloating. Make sure you are getting enough protein, fiber, and healthy fats in your diet, and try to limit processed foods and sugar. For exercise, aim for a mix of cardio and strength training.
  • Stress: Stress can also impact your menstrual cycle and make it harder to lose weight. Consider incorporating stress-reducing activities into your routine, such as meditation, yoga, or mindfulness practices.
  • Medications or supplements: Certain medications or supplements can also impact your menstrual cycle and weight.

Feel free to contact me for further queries.

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Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Kanani Darshan Jayantilal
Dr. Kanani Darshan Jayantilal

Family Physician

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