As you’re nearing your menstruation, you might start feeling a bit uneasy and queasy in the stomach. For many women, the time between ovulation and bleeding triggers all sorts of symptoms like headache, exhaustion and even nausea. Your gynecologist will recommend that you keep track of your period, so you can know when your cycle is nearing the end and when you can experience the most hormonal changes that usually cause nausea before and during periods. If you’re worried about your condition and want to keep informed about nausea before menstruation, this is a good place to start your research.

Why Do I Feel Nauseous On My Period?

Are you often wondering “Why do I feel nauseous on my period and my friends don’t?” If you often experience nausea before a period, it’s mostly due to all the hormonal changes your body experiences in this time. Many women experience general uneasiness, cramps and headaches that can make their nausea during period (and before the menses starts) even worse. According to research, your body during the cycle also releases prostaglandins, chemicals that cause various changes in the body from headaches to PMS diarrhea and nausea.  Some women are more sensitive to these changes than others. 

Is Nausea A PMS Symptom?

You probably know about premenstrual syndrome or PMS, so you might be wondering “Is nausea a PMS symptom?” The answer is complicated, but in most cases, it can be said that nausea before your period is a PMS symptom. The aforementioned prostaglandins that cause PMS diarrhea and headaches can also cause nausea and vomiting. Since PMS usually starts one or two weeks before the bleeding, this is when you can expect mood changes, breast soreness, constipation, back pain, bloating, headaches and nausea before period.

Should I See My Gynecologist?

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Feeling sick before bleeding and experiencing nausea during period are quite common. When answering the question “is nausea a PMS symptom?” it’s necessary to look at the individual as a whole. For some menstruating people, nausea can be a normal thing, but if it’s something that started bothering you all of a sudden, you might want to book an appointment with your gynecologist. If you also want to see a doctor if you notice any of the following:

  • PMS diarrhea, 
  • vomiting after eating,
  • weight loss due to vomiting, 
  • dehydration, 
  • new PMS symptoms

What Is The Solution To My Nausea Problem?

If you’re asking yourself “Why do I feel nauseous on my period” or “Is nausea a PMS symptom?” you might also want to know how you can ease the discomfort. After talking to your doctor, you might come up with a variety of ways you can minimize nausea during your period, like the following: 

  • anti-nausea medication
  • monitored food intake
  • birth control pills for hormone regulation
  • surgery for endometrial tissue
  • antidepressants that regulate PMS symptoms

Depending on any underlying issues or the severity of your nausea, the above solutions might be recommended. 

In most cases, nausea is a common occurrence during PMS that can be managed with over-the-counter medication or slight changes in diet. However, if you listen to your body, you’ll most likely know when something is not right. Are you concerned about your premenstrual nausea? If yes, make sure to book an exam with your doctor, have a talk, and together, you’ll likely be able to find a way to ease your symptoms.

Dr. Ellman is a Board Certified OBGYN who established his medical practice in South Florida over 25 years ago. His office, Women’s Healthcare of Boca Raton, is located in Boca Raton, Florida at West Boca Medical Center. Dr. Ellman attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, where he received his medical degree. He went on to intern at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston- an affiliate of Harvard Medical School- and continued his residency at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York- an affiliate of Cornell Medical School.

Dr. Ellman has practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Boca Raton area since 1995. In addition to treating patients at West Boca Hospital, Dr. Ellman also treats patients through his own private practice, Women’s Healthcare of Boca Raton, located on the West Boca Medical Campus.

Published On: April 1st, 2022