Period Symptoms

Learning about Your Period Symptoms


Every woman’s body is different, and period symptoms may manifest themselves in every woman a bit differently.  Some women may find their periods to be so heavy and severe that they have to take birth control just to control them.  Some women also feel so sick during their period that they must take a day off of work or school.  As you start getting periods more regularly, it’s important to recognize what your own period symptoms are every single month.  This will not only help you track your menstrual cycle, but also be able to predict a day ahead of time when your period is coming.


About 80 percent of all women report period symptoms of some kind.  Your menstrual cycle involves a monthly cycle that keeps your ability to get pregnant intact until you’re ready to use it.  During your cycle, your ovaries are releasing one egg into your uterus.  If that egg does not get fertilized within a few days, then your body discharges it and the tissue lining.  This is the bleeding you experience every month.  The technical term for this monthly cycle is menstruation.

All the symptoms associated with your monthly period are commonly known as PMS, or pre-menstrual syndrome.  The most common period symptoms most women feel are:

Cramps

Headache

Bloating

The cramps and pain usually comes within the first five days of your period.  These cramps are essentially a miniscule version of labor pains you’ll feel if you ever have children.  You may also experience breast tenderness with your period and even some swelling in your hands and feet.  All of these physical symptoms can range from mild to severe, and your level of comfort during your period will probably drop.


You may also experience one or more emotional symptoms during your period.

Depression and irritability are much more common right before and during a woman’s period. 

Anxiety, confusion, and mood changes are also pretty common ground when it comes to period symptoms.


Don’t be surprised if you also feel some food cravings during various times of the month.  Your hormone levels will often cause you to crave certain kinds of food.  It’s ok to give into these food cravings sometimes, but watch how much you give in because you could find yourself gaining a lot of extra weight.


After about two weeks, the next egg will be released.  The cycle will continue on the same way until you become pregnant or pass into menopause.  Menopause usually occurs around the age of 50, so you’ve got several decades of periods and potential child-bearing time. 


You’ll find it helpful to track your menstrual cycle on a calendar.  This will help you know ahead of time when you’re going to have a period.  You’ll also start to see patterns in your behavior, moods, and much more.  Your menstrual cycle actually affects your body throughout the month, although the changes it causes are much more pronounced around the time of your monthly period.