Is it normal to experience diarrhea, nausea, vertigo and more gas than usual during your period? If so, why?
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I don't know about the REASONS for it, so I'll just leave that part alone. But, I do know that a few of my friends and I were discussing this a couple weeks ago and we all have at least a couple of those things nearly every time we are on our period. One of said friends is studying health (so she can be a sex ed teacher), so I'm assuming she would have said something if it wasn't normal or were bad
I dont know the reason also but it is from what I know a normal thing, So dont get too worried about it.
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The increase in gastrointestinal upset during menses is not yet fully understood. The main suggestion is that the GI tract responds to the increase in prostaglandins, which are hormone-like substances that cause contractions in the smooth muscles they come into contact with. Just as they cause uterine cramping, it's believed that they may have an effect on the smooth muscle of the gut, as well.
You should NOT be feeling sick to the point of nausea or vertigo during your period. These are not typical menstrual symptoms and could indicate trouble, especially if accompanied by severe pain. You'd do best to get in to your GP or gynecologist to make sure.
In the meantime, here are some very useful natural and common-sense ways to reduce some of your discomfort; I've been on that boat myself
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