Nausea from period: are the two really connected?
Sometimes, nausea is caused by a mild hormonal fluctuation, which prompts the stomach to overproduce gastric juices containing hydrochloric acid.
This can also cause mild heartburn, or, in extreme cases, vomiting. The stomach can be provoked to secrete more gastric juice after menstrual cramping.
Your period may come with a migraine, which can also be nauseating.
Want to find out why you might have nausea?
To understand the problem better, note your symptoms in Flo and find a correlation between each symptom and the different phases of your menstrual cycle.
How to alleviate period sickness
If menstrual nausea has you feeling down, don’t worry — there are several ways to treat it. Causes of nausea during menstruation include:
- changes in the levels of the hormones that sometimes initiate the overproduction of gastric juice, which contains hydrochloric acid;
- the body’s reaction to the release of prostaglandins, which cause cramping not only in the uterus but also in the stomach, so it is important to try and ease the pain in both places.
An antacid (in gel or tablet form) can help alleviate symptoms, as well as ginger or mint tea. Relieving the pain also relieves the nausea it causes, easing multiple symptoms at once!
A hot water bottle can lessen pain in the lower abdomen by enhancing uterine blood circulation.
If natural methods are not enough, you can try over-the-counter or prescription pain medicine.