Bithi’s period is expected to start next week. She fixed her schedule according to it. But suddenly, she saw that she grew a huge pimple overnight. Her skin felt oilier too. When she tried to move, she felt pain in her breasts and stomach. She felt awful.
Do you have any similar symptoms to Bithi before your period?
When do period symptoms start?
Our period symptoms start showing 7-14 days before the expected menstruation date. This is also known as PMS. The symptoms can remain 2-3 days after menstruation has ended.
Not all period symptoms will show up at the same time. You won’t even have the same set of symptoms every time as well. These signs help us to be prepared for our actual period. You can make an assumption about when menstruation will begin and be alert beforehand.
Since our bodies go through hormonal fluctuations throughout our cycle, we face cramps, bloating, acne, nausea, mood swings, and more uncomfortable sensations.
If you noticed that you have acne or pimples a few days before your period only, you’re not the only one. This is a huge indicator that your period is approaching. This is also known as ‘cyclical acne’. The hormonal changes lead to oil release which is why we get acne and oily skin.
Another huge sign is having cramps. Sometimes they can be bearable. If they become harder to handle, use hot bags on the area. You can take pain meds as well.
It’s common to feel pain in the breasts as well. Since period symptoms show up after ovulation happens, the increase in estrogen and progesterone makes your breasts feel fuller and hurt. Pain contractions are a big indicator of the period. You may feel it in your lower back too.
One thing that almost all women complain about is sudden bloating. After ovulation, your body is prone to hormone-related water retention. This causes sudden weight gain and gassiness.
Do you feel that alongside the pain and bloating, your mood is off too? Sometimes your period won’t show any physical symptoms mentioned above. You may feel mental tension, depression, irritation, and extreme tiredness. For some, this tiredness stays until 1-2 days after the period ends.
Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut solution or prevention to these symptoms. While they are inconvenient, they help to notify us of the upcoming menstruation.
However, if the pain gets too bad, don’t hesitate to take some rest. Your body is going through huge changes during that time. No matter how many times you may have faced it, it will hurt every month. So, put your well-being above anything else!
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