Feeling Sick When You’re Menstruating? You May Have Period Flu

It’s bad enough to get sick from flu, but things get 100% worse when your vagina is bleeding.

Apparently, this phenomenon is called period flu. Hence, why some of you may feel sick even before you get your period.

We would usually experience the normal menstrual cramps, mood swings and headaches, but period flu is a whole different level. Contrary to the name, it’s not the actual flu.

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What exactly is period flu? 

U by Kotex suggests that prostaglandins, which are hormones released by your body before your period starts, help dislodge the uterine lining. This can lead to unpleasant feelings and flu-like symptoms. Hormones literally change a lot of things on our body!

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What are the symptoms of period flu? 

You may get symptoms of the typical flu:

  • chills
  • muscle aches
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • loss of appetite
  • tiredness
  • diarrhea

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How do you relieve yourself from period flu? 

Unlike regular flu, there isn’t a shot you can take to cure your illness instantly. Instead, you can either wait it out to get better or consult a doctor for anti-inflammatory medications. As for some women, regulating their cycles can help too by taking birth control pills.

Yes, you can still get a cold. If you’re feeling flushed with high temperature, your flu may just be overlapping with period. If things are getting uncomfortable, consult your OB/GYN for more information on your situation.