Did you ever notice how your favorite pair of jeans will fit one day and be snug the next? No, you didn’t suddenly gain 5 pounds; you are probably just retaining too many fluids. Salt and PMS are two of many causes for bloat, or water retention.
Aside from being uncomfortable and giving you the unnecessary scare that you gained a lot of weight overnight, fluid retention can also cause swelling in the connective tissues, weakening them and potentially opening the door for fat to enter.
Cellulite tends to develop during times of hormonal shifting, such as puberty, when taking birth control pills, during times of PMS, pregnancy, and menopause. Once puberty hits, the body changes for good thanks to the release of estrogen.
Though it certainly has its benefits, such as giving you the ability to bear children, few benefits lack drawbacks. Estrogen is no exception. In preparation for childbearing, estrogen assists in the storage of fat in the hips, thighs, and butt.
It also makes that fat sticky so that it can easily bunch together. The naturally occurring female hormone can also weaken connective tissue (is everything working against you?).
The presence of estrogen softens the tissue around the womb to make childbirth possible, while also softening the thighs. Women with higher levels of estrogen may have an easier childbirth, but will likely have more cellulite.