nausea during periodMany women suffer from nausea during their period and some actually have vomiting as well as constipation or diarrhea. What causes this discomfort for so many women every month and what can be done about it, are there other symptoms that always or almost always accompany this nausea for most women?

Why does it happen and is it normal?
Dysmenorrhea seems to be a condition where nausea and vomiting is accompanied by headaches, cramps, and abdominal pain. It is thought that the production of prostaglandins during the menstrual cycle can cause the walls of the uterus to contract and causing both cramping and nausea.

There could be a more serious reason for this nausea – that being a condition known as endometriosis. This occurs when the cells (endometrium) that make up the lining of the uterus grow outside of the uterus. These cells grow in large number and line both the abdominal and uterine cavities. During the woman’s menstrual cycle these cells are influenced by the hormone production and imbalance. Endometriosis can cause nausea, bloating, diarrhea, rectal pain, and abdominal cramping.

Perhaps the most common symptom of endometriosis is not the nausea but debilitating pain.

Endometriosis can be so severe that it can require surgery and perhaps a full hysterectomy. However endometriosis is not the primary cause of nausea during periods. A Vitamin B deficiency and/or sugar imbalance can also be the cause of nausea before, during or after a woman’s menstrual cycle.

How do you remedy it?
There are a variety of ways to treat nausea that may accompany your menstruation. If your symptoms are not directly linked to any underlying medical condition, you can rely on some home remedies to alleviate it. If vomiting is brought on by the pain experienced during PMS or menstruation, then try some over-the-counter medications to help with the pain.

Ginger is also a well-known home remedy proven to relieve nausea and vomiting. Vomiting brought on by an unsettled stomach can be remedied by taking antacids during the menstrual cycle so that eating doesn’t bring on these symptoms. Additionally, chamomile tea is a great way to relieve menstrual-induced nausea and vomiting as well.

It is also important to be aware of the symptoms you are experiencing, and if they seem severe or abnormal, to consider consulting with a doctor to check for any underlying medical conditions that could be responsible.