Is Period Flu A Real Thing?

By Moureen N

While all of us know about the cramps and the pain that women feel during their periods, very few of us know anything about period flu. In fact, men probably have never even heard of such a thing, especially considering that women themselves don’t know that period flu is a thing.

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Ladies, have you ever experienced headaches, chills, vomiting, or nausea? You must be thinking of the flu, right? Well, maybe it’s something else. There have been reports that some women have been experiencing flu-like symptoms right before they get their periods. And it lasts until their period is gone.

Unlike the flu, it may not be contagious, but that doesn’t mean it should be taken lightly.

While period cramps are incredibly painful, period flu really puts more physical strain on a woman’s body. Muscle aches, migraines, diarrhea, and hot flashes can further worsen the menstruation cycle of women.

But why does this happen?

While there is no concrete evidence, some believe that it is caused due to the hormonal imbalance that occurs during menstruation. Experts suggest that shedding of the uterus lining can cause changes in estrogen and progesterone levels that may cause such problems.

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While the discomfort is something males can’t comprehend, one positive thing is that it is not life-threatening. If you are someone who is experiencing such symptoms, then it may be wise to consult a medical expert for hormone therapy and maybe make your lifestyle more active by including some form of exercise in your daily routine.