This is something that has been occurring for so long, but I never had a definite answer until now.
The period flu isn’t a real medical term, but it sure does sum up how a lot of women feel right before getting their period. Flu-like symptoms like nausea, cramping, fever, and headaches are just some of the complaints that have some people wondering if they’re getting sick or just going crazy during that time of the month. But the good thing is, you’re not alone. The period flu is a thing but has nothing to do with the actual flu.
So why does this happen?
Experts aren’t totally sure about what causes this phenomenon, but hormone fluctuations throughout your menstrual cycle are the most likely culprit. Before getting your period, prostaglandins which are basically like your hormone’s fatty acids, are there to help your uterus shed its lining.
With an excess number of prostaglandins as well as cyclic changes in your sex hormones, it can cause you to feel run down, exhausted, and even create chills throughout your body.
What are the symptoms?
Before or during your period, you can experience symptoms like…
Although this is something that not all women deal with, there are things you can do to help prevent this from happening or lessen the symptoms that come along with it.
-Exercise regularly: Exercising has been shown to help improve a lot of discomforts that are associated with period cramps, depression, and lack of energy.
-Eating healthy food: Eating healthier is always a great idea, but it’s a better idea when it’s two weeks before starting your cycle. Doing this can help reduce your PMS symptoms. Cutting down on alcohol, smoking, sugars, and caffeine intake will do wonders.
Try applying those two tips and hopefully it will help lessen the nasty and uncomfortable feelings you get before and during your period.