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Constipation Before Period: Causes and Treatment

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Today we’re uncovering another unpleasant PMS symptom — constipation before period, its causes, and ways to treat it.

Reasons for PMS constipation

Prior to the onset of menstruation, there is a spike in the hormone progesterone.

Although this is necessary for menstruation, it can affect your digestive system by delaying the time it takes to move food through the bowels. This can lead to constipation before your period.

Period-related constipation typically eases once menstruation starts.

Want to predict your PMS symptoms?

Use Flo to log any digestive symptoms, such as constipation, diarrhea, and bloating to receive more information. Look for correlations between these symptoms and the phases of your menstrual cycle.

How to Treat Constipation Before Period?

Increasing your fiber intake is your best weapon against constipation. This can be done through regular meals that include whole wheat bread, high-fiber cereals, and an assortment of fruits and vegetables.

Regular fluid intake is also important, especially water.

When you exercise, you are improving blood and oxygen circulation which, in turn, will keep your bowels moving. This will help relieve premenstrual symptoms, including constipation.

Changes in your bowel movements, such as constipation, diarrhea, and bloating can be logged in Flo, so you can find the correlation between these symptoms and your menstrual cycle.


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