Can Period Cause Fever?

Yes, in some cases, a fever can be associated with a woman’s menstrual period. However, it’s important to note that while mild temperature fluctuations might occur during menstruation, a high fever (usually defined as a body temperature above 100.4°F or 38°C) is not a common or normal symptom of menstruation. If you’re experiencing a high fever during your period, it might indicate an underlying health issue that should be evaluated by a healthcare professional.

There are a few potential reasons why a fever might coincide with a woman’s menstrual period:

  • Infection: Infections such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or other reproductive tract infections could cause fever and might coincide with your menstrual cycle. These infections typically come with other symptoms like pelvic pain, abnormal vaginal discharge, and pain during intercourse.
  • Endometriosis: Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus. It can cause severe pain during periods and, in some cases, might lead to fever if there is inflammation or infection associated with the condition.
  • Immune Response: Some women might experience a mild increase in body temperature due to changes in immune response during their menstrual cycle. This is usually not associated with a high fever.

If you’re experiencing a fever during your period, particularly if it’s accompanied by other concerning symptoms such as severe pain, heavy bleeding, or abnormal discharge, it’s recommended that you consult a healthcare professional. They can help determine the underlying cause of the fever and provide appropriate treatment.

Remember that while minor temperature changes might be normal during menstruation, a high fever is not a typical menstrual symptom and should be addressed promptly.