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Reading the Body Signals

Women who wish to have the children and getpregnant, often consider their delayed period a good sign since itmay signify the beginning of the pregnancy period. On the other hand,those who have protected sex and are not considering having a babyyet, think of this phenomenon as a quite negative one, again,relating it to pregnancy. However, before a woman's period starts,she is likely to experience hormonal and behavioral changes otherwiseknown as the premenstrual syndrome or, shortly the PMS. Sometimes,PMS strikes a woman, but her period is late or completely absent. Yetshe is not pregnant. In order to understand all these confusingstates of affairs, we need to take it one step at a time.

Understanding the PMS

PMS is different for each woman on theface of the Earth. Some have light symptoms which start several hoursbefore the menstrual cycle and cease immediately upon the onset ofmenstruation. However, some women experience troubling symptoms likestomachaches, headaches, bloating, breast tenderness, mood swings,stress and many others, which may last for several days before theperiod starts.

Now, PMS may be caused by pregnancy orthe lack of it. The entire menstrual process lasts for 28 days. Thefirst stage involves bleeding, hormone increase, and awoman's body preparing for the development of a fertilized egg. Ifthe egg has indeed been fertilized, the pregnancy engages and thewoman will not experience her period. However, if the egg is notfertilized, some specific hormonal levels will drop and the egg willbe expelled out of the woman's organism through her normal, menstrualperiod.

These hormonal imbalances and changesduring this period, all lead to the development of changes weconsider to be the PMS. Thus, PMS is likely to strike both a womanwho is pregnant, and a woman who is about to have her period.

What May Trigger PMS Without thePeriod?

To begin with stress is one ofthe main causes of premenstrual symptoms without the period. Otherthings which may delay your period are birth-control pills, and someother medications which may have this phenomenon as theirside-effect. These may move your period forward for a couple of days,even more than a week.

Nutrition is crucial. Thus, if a womansuffers from an eating disorder of some sorts, depriving her organismof necessary nutrients, she will most probably miss her period, orexperience imbalances in its onset each month.

Also, women who enter their menopausalstages of life will surely experience changes in their menstrualcycles, ending in their complete cessation. Finally, numerousillnesses and other medical conditions affecting the reproductiveorgans of women as well as many other complications may all causeboth hormonal and period imbalances.

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