If I were to list all the menstrual symptoms in the world, the list would extend to about 300 symptoms. Researchers and medical professionals have over the years positively identified about 200 menstrual symptoms. However, most of the menstrual symptoms on that list are unique to particular people or only tend to affect a certain section of the female population. The most common menstrual symptoms are irritation, unhappiness, which is also referred to as dysphoria and tension. These three menstrual symptoms affect about 99% of the female population who have periods. Individuals usually undergo many more symptoms with some women having very painful cramps while others do not. In the same vein, some people may be faced with abdominal pain, while in others, you may never notice it is that time of the month. This article seeks to explore the common menstrual symptoms that afflict our women folk every month.
To start with, the menstrual cycle lasts for about 28 days, with the periods lasting about 4 to7 days. In some people, the 4 to7 days are hell visited upon poor earthlings, to others, the situation is not as dire. Some women may have very heavy periods while other have lighter ones. During this period, there are a lot of changes that are taking place in the woman’s body. These changes are not only physical in nature, but hormonal as well. Hormonal changes in women often make them very moody during the menstrual period. As such, the most common menstrual symptom is the rapid change in mood. The changes in mood occur due to the changes in hormone levels in their body. Often this is expressed through irritations of small things and reduced jovial nature in some people. As such, the lady in question is likely to be more sensitive emotionally than normal and they are also bound to be very sensitive to their images.
On the other hand, some women usually have headaches during their periods. Headaches are the simple manifestations of inner turmoil. The period is an internal clean up mechanism that was developed to not only keep the woman’s reproductive system healthy, but also take care of any internal problems. As such, in the process of this cleanup exercise, the person may be faced with outward manifestations such as headaches and fatigue. However, these can be easily treated using pain killers. As such, the headaches are not a major concern for many of the people. The intensity of these headaches and their frequency usually vary from one woman to the next. In fact, menstrual symptoms usually vary from one person to the next so much so that it is virtually impossible to generalize. We can only look at the percentages of people affected by a certain menstrual symptom.
So what are the factors that determine what menstrual symptoms a certain lady will face? Often, the biological heritage of a woman determines to large extent what the woman can expect. However, the lifestyle of an individual also plays a part in determining the intensity of the menstrual symptoms. For instance, bananas have been known to reduce the intensity of the pain that comes with abdominal cramps. Bananas have potassium in them, which serves as a pain killer during periods. As such, a person who consumes a lot of bananas is unlikely to suffer much pain during her periods. In addition, as a person increases in age, the intensity of these menstrual symptoms tends to subside.
In fact, it has been noticed that once a woman gives birth at least once, then the abdominal pain that accompanies menses reduces. However, like with everything else about menstrual symptoms, it is about percentages as the symptoms affect people in different ways. The amorphous nature of menstrual symptoms is varied so much so that there is no universally agreed definition of PMS, pre menstrual syndrome. Even so, changes in mood swings and certain physical manifestations that occur during this period are normally lumped together in to a definition of sorts. The exact cause of these symptoms has not been fully explored by scientists. However, a larger number tend towards the hormonal changes that usually occur in the woman’s body at this time of the month. As such, it is important that you study your own cycle ad determine what works for you if you are to adapt accordingly.