You haven't been making it up!
It’s that time of the month again, and not only are you craving chocolate, wanting to kill your boyfriend for breathing too loudly and sobbing watching the Boots ad, but you’re also SURE that you’re coming down with something.
Well fear not ladies, you are not wrong! Well kind of…
It has just been confirmed that the hormonal imbalance that a girl experiences during her period can often be mistaken for the flu. Many of the symptoms are exactly the same, causing us to wallow in our ‘illness’ for 3-7 days a month… not ideal.
In an interview with Brit + Co., Nieca Goldberg, the medical director of NYU Langone’s Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health, explained, “Hormonal changes prior to your period can cause a range of symptoms,” including “fatigue, abdominal cramping, bloating, back pains, and other body aches.”
Dr Molly O’Shea also pointed out that “hormones released before your period starts to help dislodge your uterine lining, can lead to some pretty unpleasant symptoms, too, including “diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, a feeling of being flushed, and general achiness.”
So there you have it, medical professional PROOF that you’re not making these things up!
Sick day anyone?
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