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How do premenstrual symptoms affect my digestive system?

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When your period is approaching, your digestive symptoms tend to fall to the extremes. Some women get constipated, and others have diarrhea.

From: 9 Signs Your Period is Coming WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Medscape. “Premenstrual Syndrome.”

Office on Women’s Health. “Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) fact sheet,” “Menstruation, Menopause, and Mental Health.”

American Academy of Dermatology. “Hormonal factors key to understanding acne in women.”

National Women’s Health Resource Center. “Ask the Expert.”

Medscape. “Dysmenorrhea.”

Mayo Clinic. “Water retention: relieve this premenstrual symptom,” “Chronic daily headaches.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on November 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Medscape. “Premenstrual Syndrome.”

Office on Women’s Health. “Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) fact sheet,” “Menstruation, Menopause, and Mental Health.”

American Academy of Dermatology. “Hormonal factors key to understanding acne in women.”

National Women’s Health Resource Center. “Ask the Expert.”

Medscape. “Dysmenorrhea.”

Mayo Clinic. “Water retention: relieve this premenstrual symptom,” “Chronic daily headaches.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on November 10, 2018

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