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Period Symptoms: Top 5 Forerunners Of Menstruation

Period symptoms are specific sensations in women, caused by physiological changes in the organism due to expected menstruation. These symptoms are rather numerous and range from woman to woman. Though each of us experiences her own sensations before period, a rare lady would speak of them positively. The worst scenario is a severe premenstrual syndrome, impairing not only your psychological condition but working capacity as well. Let’s look into the forerunners of menstruation in more detail.

Period Symptoms According to the Time of Their Occurrence

  1. Swelling of breasts: 8-12 days before period. Changes in breasts begin in the 2nd phase of menstrual cycle. A woman feels that they are getting bigger and more sensitive, often even painful.
  2. Acne on face, chest and back: 3-5 days before period. Even if your skin is relatively free of imperfections, getting pimples on face before menstruation is typical for many girls and some women. Acne, associated with period, often affects forehead, nose and chin. Until a female reaches her middle age, this symptom is revealed in 98% of girls.
  3. Pain in the lower abdomen: 1-2 days before period. It can be not pain specifically but a feeling of heaviness and discomfort, pulling sensations. Sometimes, unfortunately, it’s still nothing than quite pronounced pain, when you can’t do without a tablet of No-Spa or painkillers. The duration of the pain ranges: it may be just one day before period, a few days before period or till the last day of menstruation.
  4. Pain in the lower back. This symptom is more typical for girls and young women, who haven’t had a baby yet. Everything that impairs natural outflow of blood from the uterus may cause pain that is perceived as pain in the lower back. The wrong location of the womb in the pelvis, inflammatory diseases, an increased level of hormones, intrauterine spiral and heredity are among the culprits.
  5. Irritability: shortly before period. Increased irritability affects 99% of women right before the onset of menstruation or 1-2 days prior to it. It is explained by an increased sensibility of female organism and its nervous system in particular during this period. Most women suffer from mood changes. Besides, some of us can even feel depressed and cry for no reason.

Individual Symptoms, Associated With an Expected Period

Since every organism is individual, you may have your own signs, indicating that period is about to start. Here is what girls report about their personal symptoms.

  1. Specific food preferences. Some women feel crazy about chocolate, bread or some other product right before period.
  2. Edema. It may be your specific feature or a result of hormonal action. Progesterone actually promotes salt retention in the organism, which, in its turn, leads to water retention. Another cause of premenstrual edema is lack of vitamin B6 and/or magnesium, responsible for the maintenance of water balance in the organism.
  3. Premenstrual weight gain. Water retention results not only in edema but in weight gain as well. The culprit is the same – increased progesterone. If you want to reduce edema and weight gain before period, consume less salt and eat more fiber foods.
  4. Constipation. Hormones relax colon’s muscles and the intestines don’t work properly before period in some women.
  5. Apathy. It’s when you feel extremely weak emotionally and physically. Time goes on but planned things don’t get done.
  6. Aggression. Due to hormonal changes before period you can really feel that you hate the whole world. Try not to take it too seriously, give yourself time and it will pass in 1-2 days.
  7. Sharp changes in emotional reactions. You may be laughing your heart out and then cry bitterly in a few minutes. And this is all in earnest!

Period Symptoms: Statistics Of Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual syndrome is typical for up to 40% of women. Researches prove that with age its symptoms intensify. Usually PMS signs appear 2-10 days before period and reveal themselves as fatigue, lighheadedness, nausea, vomiting, depression and/or aggression.

Period symptoms may seem horrible but women do deal with them monthly. Luckily, a woman normally doesn’t get a full bouquet, just 2-3 mentioned symptoms. Moreover, the majority of them often disappear after childbirth. If the way you feel before period seriously interferes with your life style, you may be dealing with a severe form of premenstrual syndrome. Consult your gynecologist for medical correction of your condition.