Your Period Starts Even Before You Start Bleeding

February 13, 2020 | st-blog-admin

You probably get some signs that your period is near at hand when there is a slight discomfort about 1-2 weeks before your period and that goes away once your period start. PMS symptoms aren’t always the same – they come and go in a distinct pattern, month after month. From nausea to abdominal cramps, your body loves throwing physical challenges at you.

These symptoms, however, are likely to return for at least three menstrual cycles. This slight discomfort caused here is premenstrual syndrome. Premenstrual syndrome likely involves changes in hormones during the menstrual cycle. When it’s messing with your daily activities then it might mean you have premenstrual syndrome. It is caused due to the drop in the levels of estrogen and progesterone during the week before your period. Change in brain chemicals or deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals may act as an adverse effect too. For a few, it’s not a very big deal whereas for others the days before their period are painful. PMS is a group of change that can affect you on many levels, namely, physical, emotional or behavioural. Some of the symptoms of PMS can trigger a wide range of aches and pains which include back pain, headaches, tender breasts, joint pain.

A healthy way to tackle PMS can be by making changes to improve your diet, sleep pattern and exercise regimen. Regular exercise or workout is an excellent way to reduce menstrual cramps and enhance your mood. It is also effective for dealing with mental issues such as stress and irritability which are common among women. The intensity of the premenstrual syndrome is likely to change with age. Older teens are likely to have a much more severe PMS than younger teens. PMS symptoms may worsen when women reach their late 30’s or 40s and approach menopause and are in the transition to menopause, called perimenopause. This is especially true for women whose moods are sensitive to changing hormone levels during the menstrual cycle. In the days when you are nearing menopause, your hormone levels also go up and down in an unpredictable way as your body slowly transitions to menopause. You might get intense mood swings which might cause anxiety, depression, anger, crying spells, migraine may come and go for days depending on your period cycle. Remember to let your doctor know if your condition gets worse right before your period. Some women even have trouble with concentration and memory during this time. 

Women who’ve had at least one pregnancy are more prone to the risks of PMS. PMS stops after menopause when you no longer get your period. When on their periods, women are likely to get affected with acne scars on the skin. Hormonal changes can cause glands in the skin to produce more sebum. Taking Vitamin B6 and calcium rich foods are a proven effective intake during this time. Women who ate foods high in thiamine and riboflavin were far less likely to develop PMS. They also get unusual cravings when their period strikes often for sweet or salty foods and eating plenty of fibre can keep your blood sugar even, which may ease mood swings and food cravings. While this is true, some women lose their appetite or get an upset stomach during this time. Bloating and constipation are also common. 

Some women have a much more severe effect which might even disrupt their work/ personal relationships and this effect is known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder(PMDD). Women with PMDD may experience panic attacks, insomnia, suicidal thoughts or other problems that might affect daily lifestyle. The risk factors for PMDD include a personal or family history of depression, mood disorders or trauma. Alcohol drinking and smoking should be avoided by women during their period cycle as they might act as a trigger.

Lots of things regarding your period – how often you get it, how long it lasts and how heavy your flow is – differs from woman to woman. Some of them can offer hints as to what’s going on in your body. Pay careful attention to what’s normal and healthy for you so you can pick up on early signs of trouble. 

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