Prostaglandins are hormones released before the period that, when in the bloodstream, cause nausea, diarrhea, cramps and aches, according to Molly O'Shea, health expert at U by Kotex. However, the Period Vitamin also states that nausea before or during the menstrual cycle can be a symptom of endometriosis.Know More
Vitamin B deficiency or an imbalance of sugars can also contribute to nausea before periods, warns the Period Vitamin.
Nausea is a common symptom of premenstrual syndrome, often abbreviated to PMS, says O'Shea. To treat it, she recommends taking water and ibuprofen three times per day one or two days before the period starts. Ideally, the ibuprofen blocks the prostaglandins, mitigating or eliminating their side effects. Ibuprofen also works on migraine headaches that cause nausea during periods.
However, if the ibuprofen does not work, the Period Vitamin suggests taking antacids to relieve the build-up of stomach acids caused by sudden hormonal changes in the body. Mint tea contains menthol, the active ingredient for nausea relief, while ginger has been proven to affect menstruation-related nausea and vomiting.
While nausea is common for those who suffer from endometriosis, the Period Vitamin warns that nausea is not the primary symptom. Endometriosis is characterized by the extreme pain that occurs due to the growth of endometrium outside of the uterine lining.Learn more about Menstruation
Implantation cramps are felt anywhere from a week to a few days before your period is due according to WebMD. If an embryo is fertilized, it will implant in the uterus anywhere from 7 to 12 days after you have ovulated. Implantation cramps may feel very similar to menstrual cramps.Full Answer >
Women can take a pain reliever, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen sodium, to stop menstrual cramps, preferably at the onset of a menstrual period or cramps, explains WebMD. Some women find relief with a heating pad, warm bath or abdomen massage. Cramps may also be stopped when women avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. Exercise is another effective method of dealing with cramps.Full Answer >
Abdominal cramps after a period has ended can be a sign of endometriosis, according to WebMD. Caused by uterine tissue growing outside of the uterus, endometriosis can cause cramping before and after periods as well as after urination, sexual intercourse or after bowel movements. Other causes for cramping after a period include fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease and certain sexually transmitted infections, according to MedlinePlus.Full Answer >
According to WebMD and KidsHealth, one way to stop or relieve common period cramps is to take pain relievers. KidsHealth recommends taking them a bit in advance of when the cramps are expected to start. WebMD notes that cramps for some women stop entirely after they give birth for the first time.Full Answer >