What Are Normal Symptoms During My Period?

When women are on their menstrual cycle or period, there are different degrees of discomfort from one individual to another. What is important is to know when your symptoms are normal as well as what options are available for minimising the impact your period has on your quality of life.

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Dr Nitesh, based in his Durban gynae clinic, shares information on how to get relief and when to ask for additional help.

Durban Gynae Clinic Advice On Normal Physical Symptoms

Generally, a woman can expect mild symptoms in the pre-period days and the first couple of days of the cycle. There are actually over one hundred listed potential symptoms relating to a period. We are discussing the main ones here.

In the first couple of days, you can expect a heavy flow, but the discomfort level should be “manageable”. Normal life should be achievable, albeit in some mild discomfort.

Normal symptoms usually include:

  • Breasts that are sensitive to touch
  • Bloated tummy
  • Water retention (e.g. swollen ankles)
  • Aching muscles and joints
  • Headaches
  • Acne or a more oily skin
  • Tummy cramps
  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Aching in the lower back area
  • Disrupted sleeping
  • Fatigue, lack of focus
  • Loss of appetite and enhanced appetite

Durban Gynae Clinic Suggestions For Treatment Of Normal Physical Symptoms

A pharmacist can assist you with over the counter medication specifically for menstrual pain as well as general painkillers and anti-inflammatories.

Cramps, aching lower back and sensitive breast symptoms might be treatable with medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Your Durban gynae clinic can prescribe stronger medication if required.

A warm (not hot) bath or “happy hugger” heated in the microwave might also bring relief.

Constipation, caused by hormone changes, may also cause intense cramps. Consume lots of fluids and high fibre meals, and consider adding psyllium to your meals.

If you feel you cannot cope with the symptoms, call your Durban gynae clinic immediately.

Durban Gynae Clinic Advice On Mental Health Symptoms

PMS, premenstrual syndrome, can manifest in diverse ways ‒ emotionally and physically. It usually commences in the pre-period days and includes:

  • Irritability
  • Sadness
  • Noise sensitivity
  • Cravings
  • Mood swings

Menstrual cycle symptoms can hinder your daily routine and happiness. Take note of what these effects are and call the Durban gynae clinic if symptoms are causing:

  • Sick days off
  • Cancellation of activities you otherwise enjoy
  • Difficulty with daily activities
  • Significantly less productivity
  • Relationship challenges with those close to you
  • Severe pain
  • Deep sadness and crying
  • Fatigue and confusion
  • Inability to exercise (though you should drop intensity at this time)
  • Cancellation of social events

Call Dr Nitesh at the Durban gynae clinic now if you need help with menstrual cycle symptoms or questions.