Feeling sick or vomiting may be among some of the worst symptoms that go hand in hand with your period. It can be super frustrating and debilitating to experience, but the good news is there are ways to treat and prevent nausea before your period. Keep reading to find out what causes period nausea and how you can help to relieve the symptoms.
- In many cases, nausea during your period can be a normal reaction to the changes happening in your body during your cycle.
- There are a few possible causes behind period nausea or vomiting, including endometriosis and premenstrual syndrome.
- Depending on what’s at the root of your period nausea, there are different ways to treat it, from medications to at-home remedies.
Nausea and your period: Are the two connected?
So, is there a connection between feeling nauseous or sick and your menstrual cycle? The short answer is yes. There are several possible causes of nausea and vomiting during your periods, including:
Your body’s reaction to the release of prostaglandins, the chemical that causes the uterus to contract during your period, which can lead to cramping, nausea, and vomiting
Medical conditions like endometriosis (more on that below)
Changes in the levels of hormones that sometimes encourage overproduction of stomach acid
We’ll look at the causes of period nausea and vomiting during your period in more detail below.
Is it normal?
As horrendous as it can be to experience, period nausea and vomiting before and during your period is normal. The good news is that once you’ve figured out exactly what’s causing it, you’ll be able to explore possible treatments.