Why Do I Feel Nauseous When on My Period?

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It is not uncommon for a woman to have a variety of secondary symptoms that accompany her period. From a slight headache during menstruation to lower abdominal cramping to nausea and even vomiting, every woman experiences her menstrual cycle in a different way. In terms of nausea, there are some very specific things that can cause nausea when a woman is on her period.

One of the possible causes of feeling nauseous when on your period is simple the changing in hormones that is occurring in your body. For some women, the changing levels of hormones will cause their stomach to produce extra digestive acids, which can in turn produce anything from a slight case of heartburn to full blown vomiting. For some women, going on birth control pills actually can reduce the nauseous feeling when they are having their period, as the pill will tend to level off those hormones during the monthly cycle.

Another possible cause for nausea during a period is pain. For a woman who has a painful period, nothing might feel right. The prostaglandins that are released from the wall of the uterus during the menstrual period can cause painful contractions in the uterus. These contractions can then affect the stomach, as well, causing a feeling of nausea.

Relieving nausea during your period can be done in several ways. Certainly, there are a number of both prescription and over-the-counter medications that are available to treat nausea. For some women, a simple antacid tablet will do the trick. Ginger or mint teas help other women, as well. Finding out what helps to ease your nausea is a process of trial and error.

In general, nausea that is severe or long-lasting should be a concern. If you find that you are severely nauseous every month during your period, you should talk to your health care provider. She may be able to help determine whether there is some other possible cause for your nausea, or how best to treat the nausea that you have when on your period. This is particularly true if the nauseous feeling when on your period has started in the last few cycles, where it had never been an issue before.