Like me, I’m sure you know the hardships of having periods and how much you hate those horrid period symptoms! We’ve all been there (if you’re a woman, that is)!
To make matters worse, some of these symptoms come around a week before the red day itself!
What are these Period Symptoms?
Most women have similar period-related symptoms. However, these symptoms may vary as far as severity and combinations are concerned. This is why some women dread their period while some don’t seem to mind it at all.
- Zits. Or clusters of them! They usually appear a couple of weeks before your period.
- Fatigue and feeling like you’re about to get sick.
- Bloating. This typically manifests about a week before your period. If you’re feeling too full or too fat without any given reason, this might be it!
- Cramps. This is your body’s mechanism to get rid of the blood lining in the uterus. Read more about it my post about Menstrual cramps – Don’t let the pain get to you!
- Constipation, diarrhea, or upset stomach. This takes place because of the surge in hormone levels. Read more about Constipation Relief Medications and Diarrhea
- Tender or swollen breasts. Blame it on the hormones again!
- Headaches. Again, because of that surge in hormones! Read more about it in my post about Cramps and Headache? These Meds Can Help
- Mood swings. One moment, you’re too giddy. Next, you just want to bawl your eyes out, or maybe punch someone because they’re wearing a shade of horrible pink! Sure, an exaggeration, but I’m sure you get the drift!
Any Natural Remedies for these Period Symptoms?
Fortunately, there are things you can do! From food to some comfort relievers, you can minimize or even eliminate those unpleasant period symptoms.
- Eat the right food types. Some of these include fruits, vegetables, home-made broths, olive oil, and organic meat. On the other hand, avoid food like dairy products and grains for the meantime.
- Get 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night. This promotes better hormone balance and reduces fatigue.
- Use cloth pads or menstrual cups if disposable pads give you rashes.
- Contrary to popular belief, doing light exercises while on your period does help a lot. This promotes production of more “happy hormones” called endorphins. This may just help you shake off that extra crankiness!
- For muscle aches, a hot pack placed directly on the problematic area can bring relief. Read more about Muscle Pain Relief
- A hot bath or an abdominal massage can help soothe cramps as well.
Medications that can Help
Yes, there are medications that can help with period symptoms relief! Some of these include the following:
- Pain killers like acetaminophen. This medication is safe for mild pains and doesn’t cause any stomach upset.
- NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen and naproxen. They’re great for excessively painful cramps and can relieve headaches and other body pains as well.
- Anti-depressants (consult your doctor regarding this for proper prescription).
- Anti-diarrhea medications, like bismuth and loperamide, can benefit you if loose stools can get frequent and bothersome.
- Constipation medications, including bisacodyl and calcium polycarbophil, can be taken for bad cases of difficult bowel movement.
- Acne medications, like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, can help keep zits at bay.
Having these unwanted symptoms before and during your period is a perfectly normal part of the menstrual cycle (though we’d want to be rid of them if given a choice!). If these symptoms become too pesky, you can check Menstrual Cycle section or search for a specific symptom. We’ll come up with recommendations suited for your profile and preferences!