Why Do I Get Cold or Flu Symptoms During Menstruation?

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Why Do I Get Cold or Flu Symptoms During Menstruation?
Is your period making you sick? (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Michael Hashizume)

A woman's monthly period can carry a lot of baggage: cramps, cravings, mood swings, the list seems endless. Some women swear they get sick every month and experience flu or cold symptoms when their period hits.


Women commonly feel nauseous during their periods. This can occur because of the sudden changes in hormones. Sometimes nausea is caused from severe cramps.


Diarrhoea during your period is heavily linked to cramps. The uterus begins contracting during the first couple days of menstruation. Sometimes prostaglandins, the hormones that cause these contractions, can also affect your intestines.


If you suffer from heavy periods, you might be losing more iron than you realise. You will find yourself sleeping longer and feel exhausted because you have an iron deficiency, also called anaemia.

Headaches, Sore Throat and Sinus Problems

Some flu-like symptoms such as headache and sore throat are caused by premenstrual syndrome (PMS). This can present itself differently in each woman, but it is all caused by the same thing: hormone changes and water retention.

Weakened Immune System

Consider that you might really be sick. Perhaps your response to PMS symptoms is weakening your immune system. For instance, if you find yourself craving more junk food than normal, you will become susceptible to illness.

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