Women who stay in tune with their bodies usually know when their periods are about to start, thanks to PMS symptoms. Bloating, abdominal cramping, and breast tenderness are all signs your period is about to start, and often go hand-in-hand with PMS. But research suggests that the spikes and drops in your hormone levels around this time can cause you to exhibit other random, lesser-known PMS symptoms.
Here are five lesser-known side effects you might experience from time to time with PMS.
If you’re feeling more clumsy or awkward than usual during your period, it might be because your high estrogen levels are affecting your balance. According to Mary Jane Minkin, M.D. at Yale School of Medicine, high estrogen levels cause your liver to make hormones that affect the kidneys and lead to fluid retention in your body and brain. This makes it difficult for you to keep your balance during your period.
2. Sleeping problems
Night sweats are commonly associated with menopause, but can also happen in women experiencing PMS. In the days before your period, your estrogen levels plummet and cause you to get hot while you sleep. At the same time, progesterone levels drop and make it more difficult for you to fall asleep.
3. Lower pain threshold
Pain receptors are more active before and during your period, which can cause you to be more sensitive to pain than usual. If you’re about to start your period, keep the pain factor in mind before making an appointment for a bikini wax or another procedure that might cause pain.
The rise and drop in estrogen and progesterone can sometimes affect healthy neurotransmitter balance and lead to a drop in feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine. If you tend to feel depressed or anxious around your period, talk to your OB-GYN or general physician about medications that can help combat depression. Or, manage your depression naturally by exercising regularly and improving your diet.
5. Junk-food cravings
Fluctuating hormones and neurotransmitters can also lead to cravings for sweets, fast food, and other unhealthy junk foods. You might find yourself overeating, or eating a higher amount of foods that lack nutrition. When your period is about to arrive, avoid buying any junk foods that could lure you into making unwise nutrition choices that are bad for your waistline. Instead, stock your kitchen with fresh fruits and vegetables you can binge-eat without feeling guilty.
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