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Periods - Common signs and symptoms and some ways to help your symptoms

Common signs and symptoms that may occur during the monthly cycle

The changes in hormone levels can cause different symptoms across the menstruation cycle. The main negative signs and symptoms are listed below, but sometimes girls may feel very confident, have lots of energy and focus.

  • Bleeding for 3-8 days
  • Pain during the first few days of a period
  • Cramping of the stomach
  • Bloating
  • Mood changes such as feeling weepy, irritable, tired
  • Reduced concentration
  • Breast tenderness
  • Temporary weight gain
  • Headaches
  • Low back pain
  • Food craving

Some ways to help your symptoms

  • Pain can be eased by a warm bath, hot water bottle or pain relief. Gentle exercise can also help reduce pain
  • Sleep can help reduce tiredness
  • Good nutrition including fruit and vegetables
  • Tell the coach so they can make some allowances for your cycle
  • Be prepared and have a small bag in your kitbag with menstrual products in.