• Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Bloating/ trapped gas
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Tips and tricks...

Nausea or vomiting

This may be associated with menstrual migraines (with or without a headache) or in response to severe period pain (usually due to fibroids or endometriosis).

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This regularly occurs at the start of menstruation for approx. a quarter of the menstruating population. It typically follows a short period of constipation.

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Not passing regular stools is very common in the days leading up to menstruation (often this is followed by diarrhoea as menstruation begins).

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Bloating: trapped gas/ water retention

'Bloating' can refer to either trapped gas in the colon (abdominal distension and pain) or water retention (temporary weight gain/ swelling).

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition. It can cause  stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and/or constipation.

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Relevant blogs...

You are what you eat...

Reducing systemic inflammation by eating a healthy diet can reduce (pre)menstrual symptoms, as well as those of underlying conditions.

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Is your food affecting your mood?

Guest blog by Helen Sanders, chief editor at Health Ambition. The link between diet and mood, and some pointers to help beat depression.

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Know thyself! The importance of tracking the menstrual cycle

Tracking your menstrual cycle really can; save your life, improve your health and wellbeing, and inform your doctor's diagnosis.

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