There are6 explanations other than pregnancy that can explain a delay in menstruation. Don’t worry, the length of the cycles may vary over your lifetime.
You may experience period pains but not immediately. Indeed, PMS (premenstrual syndrome) can occur 2 to 14 days before the onset of menstruation.
What is PMS?
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to the period before menstruation, often characterised by a combination of mild physical and psychological symptoms, which can be unpleasant.
First of all, the physical symptoms:
- Bloating and cramping in the stomach
- Troubles digestifs
- Hot flashes
- Breast sensitivities
- Voltage drop
Secondly, the emotional symptoms:
- Mood swings
- Sleep disorders
The intensity of the symptoms varies from woman to woman. The symptoms disappear when menstruation approaches.
5 solutions to relieve PMS
1. Use heat
Using a hot water bottle (for 30 minutes twice a day) or taking a hot bath is effective in relaxing the muscles that contract in the stomach area.
2. Take care of your diet
Here are different ingredients to promote to take care of your transit and relieve PMS:
- Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as certain fish, promote good digestion and are rich in vitamins.
- Vitamin-rich foods such as orange juice, kiwi fruit and fruit in general help to counteract temporary fatigue.
- Fibre-rich vegetables promote healthy bowel movements.
- Foods containing magnesium, potassium and vitamin E are ideal during this premenstrual period.
- Drinking plenty of water helps to reduce the feeling of water retention and bloating.
Also consider cutting down on tea, coffee, salt and alcohol. The same applies to smoking, which can exacerbate certain symptoms (headaches, nausea, etc.).
3. Engage in gentle physical activity
Gentle exercise (yoga, swimming, brisk walking) 2 to 3 times a week stimulates the management of stress and nervousness, playing on the symptoms of mood changes.
4. Thinking about food supplements
Before taking medication, we advise you to try food supplements.
With their healthy and natural composition, food supplements have the role of acting upstream of the pain, without making you go through the medicine box.
Opt for a food supplement based on iron, minerals and plants specially predisposed to act on the female cycle.
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5. Seek medical advice
After consultation with your doctor or gynaecologist, he or she may prescribe apainkiller for cramps, bloating and breast tenderness.
Also, taking a contraceptive can sometimes reduce the symptoms. Its actions play on the stabilisation of the hormones present in the body.
As each woman is different, it is normal that one treatment is not a miracle solution for each of you and that you should find the most effective one that is best suited to you.
PMS or pregnancy – how to tell?
Stomach aches, fatigue, breast pain… These are similar symptoms for both PMS and pregnancy.
How can we identify the source of these symptoms?
Only the durationand intensityof these symptoms can guide you.
Indeed, the symptoms of pregnancywillpersist beyond the expected date of menstruation. Some pregnancy symptoms are also well marked: nausea is morning sickness or related to unpleasant smells, the Cravingsand otherfoodcravings are focused on a particular food, the cramps are less severe than those that herald menstruation…
On the contrary, PMSannouncing menstruation will be very markeda few days before the date of the period, will generally decrease in intensity as the days go by, until it disappearsonce the period has arrived.
Finally, if menstruation does not occur within a week of the expected date, it is necessary to carry out a pregnancy test available in pharmacies or to take a blood sample.
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