Menstrual signs and symptoms vary from person to person. While for some it is mild, for others it could be severe and interfere into daily routine. Paying attention on your unique menstruation cycle patterns month on month can help you know when is the time ‘to conceive’ or ‘not to conceive’.
Experiencing premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is common among people who menstruate and are a part of your menstruation cycle every month. The cycle differs for each person and can be divided into four phases. These include;
- Menstrual phase: This is the phase when you begin experiencing PMS. Your body is preparing for the cycle.
- Follicular phase: This is the phase when your body creates sacs to mature eggs.
- Ovulation phase: This is the phase when your body releases mature eggs that travel down your uterus.
- Luteal phase: This is the phase your body prepares the uterine walls to host the fertilised egg
If the matured egg is not fertilised then it leads to hormonal changes into the body and the thickened uterine lining is shed in the form of periods. Therefore, if you are planning to get pregnant or want to avoid one then tracking the ovulation phase with the help of our Ovulation Kit
Top common 10 menstruation cycle signs and symptoms
It is common to experience the following signs and symptoms before, during or after the periods.
- Menstrual cramps: is a common PMS symptom and its severity can vary from person to person. It can start days before the cycle to during it and even longer. The menstrual cramps are experienced in the lower part of the abdominal and run down your lower back and upper thighs. The cramps are caused because of the uterine contractions that help in shedding of the uterine lining of the uterus after a pregnancy has not taken place.
- Acnes: before and during the menstrual cycle is very common. It can appear anywhere in the body including face, back or other parts of the body. The acnes are caused due to the hormonal changes that the body goes through during the cycle.
- Fatigue: is an offset of the hormonal changes that your body goes through the menstrual cycle from getting ready to nurture a pregnancy to readying to menstruate.
- Bloating: can begin a few days before the cycle starts and can stay till the end. During this time, you might experience tummy heaviness and uneasiness as changes in hormone levels lead to higher retention of water and salts in the body.
- Emotional breakdowns: can sometimes be more sever than the physical uneasiness. These include mood swings, depression, anxiety and crankiness. It is all because of the hormonal changes that the body goes through leading to an emotional roller coaster.