The day I accidentally increased my period flow

Pineapple Menstruation

Okay, let’s start with me acknowledging that I’m a heavy-flow person. It’s not too excessive, but a light period is something else. So you know, I get the usual package. My period means heavy bleeding, fatigue and cramps. Thankfully I’ve learnt how to handle all of these things after 12 years of menstruating.

So today, I’m currently on day three of my period. That’s when things “normally” (what is a normal period?),  seem to calm down again. But this morning, my period decided to do quite the opposite. Instead of my period flow being lighter, my period flow decided to get heavier again. Plus, along came the cramps again.

So here’s the story of how I made my period flow heavier (again)

I love tracking everything about my period. Some say I may be a bit obsessed, but I just feel more in control that way.  And after years of tracking I feel like I know my flow pretty well. So I was really surprised that on day three there was still quite a lot of blood in my Ruby Cup (that’s one of the advantages of using a menstrual cup: you get to monitor your menstruation a whole lot better than with soaked up tampons or pads). And also, all of a sudden those mean motherf*cking cramps came back. So I knew something was up.

I tried to remember if I had done anything to insult my period karma. I had been quite conscious about my choice of food this time, trying not to succumb too much to the PMS-munchies. No caffeine, no alcohol, no crisps. I even read something about pineapples and periods on Pinterest, so I bought a lovely pineapple and had been feasting on it the past few days. #healthydiet, I thought.

But are pineapples suitable period food?

That depends, but I’ll get to that further down below. First, I have to confess that I might have exaggerated a little about actually reading that article about pineapples and periods. I correct myself. I saw a picture of pineapples (come one, it’s Pinterest), with a caption that contained the words “foods” and “period”,  so I concluded pineapples are good period food. 

I probably should have read the full article, because actually, pineapples have quite a strong effect on your blood flow. In the sense of increasing your blood flow. A lot. #helloheavyflow

3 ways how pineapples influence your period:

1.) They increase your blood flow

Pineapples increase the production of red and white blood cells. Therefore they can lead to an increased blood flow and possibly a heavier period than you may normally have. 

2.) They can induce an early period (and miscarriage)

Pineapples contain bromelain, which affects your uterus lining by softening it and helping it shed. That’s also why it’s recommended to skip eating big amounts of pineapples during the first few months of pregnancy.

For me, the effect of the pineapple making my period heavier wasn’t what I wanted, but I can imagine it being quite a nice alternative to try for people who are struggling with very light or irregular periods. So if you want to speed up your next period, give eating lots of pineapples a try.

 Wait no more for the red flow to be back in town: eat some pineapples and she’ll be there faster than you can say….”pineapple”.

3.) They also relax muscles

Apparently, that same bromelain that softens the uterus is also an enzyme that helps muscles to relax and is said to help when suffering from menstrual cramps – yippie!  Although I can’t really say that that worked for me (actually quite the opposite), but hey, every menstrual cycle and uterus is different. So that’s that.

Should you stop eating pineapples during your period?

You don’t have to stop eating pineapples while you’re on your period. Just remember to eat them moderately while menstruating, unless you want to make your period flow heavier or. Or try for yourself if they help against menstrual cramps!

Other food that can make your period flow heavier:

In case you’re are looking into other foods to eat to increase your menstrual flow, here’s a couple more for you to try:

Unripe, raw Papaya

Papaya has quite the similar effect as pineapples have. It will help with the contractions of the uterus, possibly inducing a period or increasing your menstrual flow.


Beetroots are very rich in iron and therefore a period superfood. Also,  it will help increase the circulation of blood, also in the uterus.


Tell us in the comments if you’ve noticed pineapples influencing your period. We’re curious!

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Leanka Sayer

Leanka’s job is to talk about periods. She is currently the Content and Community Manager at Ruby Cup, an award-winning social business that sells menstrual cups, where for every Ruby Cup you buy, you automatically donate another one to a girl in need. She advocates for period positivity and having a healthy relationship with your menstrual cycle. Leanka studied Communication Science in Vienna and has been working for Ruby Cup since February 2014 - first in Berlin, now in Barcelona.