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Why am I so hungry before my period?

Why am I so hungry before my period?

Hormonal changes: Mother nature probably is trying to help "fatten you up" in case you are pregnant each month. ...Read more

Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


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Why am I so hungry 2 weeks before my period?

Why am I so hungry 2 weeks before my period?

Hungar pangs: There is no known medical explanation for your concerns. It appears to be a random occurrence. I will suggest that you eat healthy. If you are hungry, snack on fruits and vegetables if you feel hungry after a regular meal. Hydrate well. Speak to your doctor if your concerns continue. ...Read more

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Why am I always so hungry and tired before my period?

Why am I always so hungry and tired before my period?

Hungry and tired: Not an uncommon problem and quite annoying. See your doctor and/or a dietitian and they will help you through this. ...Read more

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Why do I get so hungry before my period? Like I could just eat for hours!

Why do I get so hungry before my period? Like I could just eat for hours!

Totally normal!: This happens to me too. It's due to changes in hormones. Progesterone is an appetite stimulant and it is the predominant hormone in that phase of the menstrual cycle. I, personally, try to ignore the hunger so I don't gain weight :-). ...Read more

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When I get my period I get so hungry even after a meal I don't get full and after 15 minutes i'am hungry again. What should I do?

When I get my period I get so hungry even after a meal I don't get full and after 15 minutes i'am hungry again. What should I do?

Birth control pills: Take the pills non-stop for several months. This way you don't get a period it may help your skin and you can see if that helps your problem with binge overeating. If not, you may need some nutritional counselling. ...Read more

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Increased appetite before period is normal?

Increased appetite before period is normal?

Yes: Your hormone levels change dramatically just before your period and these changes can increase your appetite. Its normal and common. Chocolate is a favorite food during this time for many women. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Is it normal for me not to be hungry on my period?

Is it normal for me not to be hungry on my period?

Yes: The hormonal changes of your cycle may be responsible. It may be helpful to stick to a sensible diet to avoid the overeating that follows this fasting. ...Read more

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Increased appetite after period. Is that normal?

Yes: The hormonal fluctuations around the time of your period are significant. Many women have food cravings or an increased appetite during this time. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel more hungry when you have your period?

Is it normal to feel more hungry when you have your period?

Sure: Use your past history as a guide. Since you are 32 you have lots of periods to compare to. If this always happens to you then it's normal. If this has never happened then maybe your just hungry today and need a snack. ...Read more

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Is it okay to let yourself go hungry for a period of time, ie. During meal times. Or should you always eat when you are hungry?

Is it okay to let yourself go hungry for a period of time, ie. During meal times. Or should you always eat when you are hungry?

No problem missing: There is no serious issues from eating at regular meal times and not snacking between meals. Eating frequently is a good way to become obese. ...Read more

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Past week=sudden increased appetite. Like I feel like a teenage boy about to go through a growth spurt. Got period 5 years ago, so prob not growth?

Past week=sudden increased appetite. Like I feel like a teenage boy about to go through a growth spurt. Got period 5 years ago, so prob not growth?

Not growing: 5 years after your first period you should be fully grown so a growth spurt is not likely. If you have an increasing appetite it is probably from other factors. Increased calorie needs can result from new levels of exercise, new body requirements (pregnancy), or nutritional deficiencies (iron deficiency anemia). ...Read more

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Why does getting my period make me hungry?

Why does getting my period make me hungry?

Hormone changes: This is due to a change in your hormonal levels that occurs near and through menstruation. It is quite normal to have this symptom. ...Read more

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Is it Normal To Come on my Period Twice in Less Than 2 Weeks? Also I Get Hungry But Most of the Time I Can't even eat it or I'll Just waste it.

Is it Normal To Come on my Period Twice in Less Than 2 Weeks? Also I Get Hungry But Most of the Time I Can't even eat it or I'll Just waste it.

Period twice/month: Not usual but there is variation, may be due to stress, would also check HCG as implantation bleeding can seem like period. Also check for infection/ vaginitis. follow up with urgent care /doctor ...Read more

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Spotting lately on & off!! Eatting lots of ice lately!! Not being hungry tired some of the time. 2 period in december & I was intimate. Help me?

Spotting lately on & off!! Eatting lots of ice lately!! Not being hungry tired some of the time. 2 period in december & I was intimate. Help me?

Blood test: Eating ice in women is often associated with iron deficiency anemia. You may see your doctor for a blood test. You could take oral iron supplement available over the counter. If you intend to be pregnant, take pre-natal vitamins. If you do not want to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. ...Read more

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Light bleeding 14days before period. Period lasted 5days, very hungry with it. 5 days after period finished, light bleeding when wiping started again?

Light bleeding 14days before period. Period lasted 5days, very hungry with it. 5 days after period finished, light bleeding when wiping started again?

Bleeding: This is a condition called dysfunctional uterine bleeding - meaning menstrual bleeding outside of typical levels. You need to see your gyn or primary physician to check on causes. You may need an ultrasound to see if there are any abnormalities and have your hormone levels checked. ...Read more

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Late period very emotional increased appetite?

Late period very emotional increased appetite?

Pregnant?: Have you checked a pregnancy test?? That's where I would start! ...Read more

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4 days late on my period and it only lasted 2 days also I've been more tired and hungry than usual?

4 days late on my period and it only lasted 2 days also I've been more tired and hungry than usual?

One-time symptom?: A doctor can check to see if there is a medical issue, if a woman has mild menstrual-related symptoms. Many women have some variation of mucus discharge, of periods, or a missed period on occasion. Some women feel normal after a few days, but others have bothersome symptoms and follow-up with a doctor. Some symptoms can be from fluctuations in hormones, or from a pregnancy (can do a urine test). ...Read more

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I get very hungry - almost ravenous - in the days leading up to the start of my period. Is there a scientific explanation for that?

I get very hungry - almost ravenous - in the days leading up to the start of my period. Is there a scientific explanation for that?

Low Blood Sugar: Some women get low blood sugar around the periods and that can cause you to feel hungry almost ravenous as you say. You can check your fasting blood glucose or do it when you feel very hungry ...Read more

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How to lose weight with fruit and vegetables smoothies? Are they good for you? Do they help you feel less hungry over a period of time?

How to lose weight with fruit and vegetables smoothies? Are they good for you? Do they help you feel less hungry over a period of time?

Losing weight: To lose weight, get ur resting metabolism rate done (weight loss centers do this). This determines the total number of calories you need to lose 1-2lbs/week. Decreasing 500cal/day will give you a 1lb wt loss in 1wk; drink water (1/2 your body weight), eat small meals about 150-200cal 2-4x/ (depending on your metabolism rate) and 500cal/meal at night: lean protein/veggies; avoid carbs, . ...Read more

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I've noticed that right before and sometimes during my period, I get very hungry and my normal diet doesn't keep me as full as usual. Why is that?

It is reportedly: Quite common to experience an increase in appetite just before or during your menstrual period. The hormone changes associated with the menstrual cycles can make you feel hungrier. These same changes can lead your to crave foods that are high in carbohydrates and/or sugar. Chocolate craving during one's period is VERY common. Stay well:) ...Read more

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I haven't had my period for almost 3 months took a pg test n it was negative. Lately I have been nauseous, very moody and hungry. What could it be?

I haven't had my period for almost 3 months took a pg test n it was negative. Lately I have been nauseous, very moody and hungry. What could it be?

Anovulation: Something is wrong. Your ovaries have stopped working. It is well past time for you to be in your GYN's office figuring this out. Please go see your physician. ...Read more

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My period is usually late. I don't understand why is that. It sometimes crosses 40 days. I have recently started feeling hungry a lot. And I'm virgin.

My period is usually late. I don't understand why is that. It sometimes crosses 40 days. I have recently started feeling hungry a lot. And I'm virgin.

Oligomenorrhea: Abnormal uterine bleeding is not uncommon in the adolescent period especially within 2 years of the first period. Your symptoms require that you visit with your doctor for a proper history and examination. A good menstrual record will be helpful. There are many menstrual apps available in smart phones these days. Do not worry very much just connect with your MD. Be safe! ...Read more

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Tired, Headaches, feel weak, hungry, naseousand wanting sex everyday. Haven't had a period since may 30. What could it be?

Tired, Headaches, feel weak, hungry, naseousand wanting sex everyday. Haven't had a period since may 30. What could it be?

Lots of symptoms: You have a wide variety of symptoms. A workup will be needed to help figure this out. If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy.. ...Read more

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Well I am liable to cysts. I'll feel cramping where my ovaries are. I've missed a period, nausea, cramping and hungry. What would be the reason?

Well I am liable to cysts. I'll feel cramping where my ovaries are. I've missed a period, nausea, cramping and hungry. What would be the reason?

Pregnacy/cyst: You need a GYN exam and test for pregnacy. Symtoms suggest pregnacy- are you sexually active and unprotected? ...Read more

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I am very hungry now cant get full. I missed my period 18 days...no sign of pregnecy symtoms...please help me?

I am very hungry now cant get full. I missed my period 18 days...no sign of pregnecy symtoms...please help me?

See answer: Increased appetite is not an early sign of pregnancy. It usually occurs 4-8 weeks after conception. Nausea can begin 2 weeks after conception and breast and nipple tenderness at 3-4 weeks. If your pregnancy test is negative 1 week after your period was due then other factors are responsible. Stress, rapid weight change, exercise travel can change the menstrual cycle. See> http://cle. Clinic/1IDXMvq ...Read more

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Had random nausea in evening for 2 weeks, w headaches. No temp. Seems to happen more when hungry or after e. Recently had period so not prego? Normal?

Had random nausea in evening for 2 weeks, w headaches. No temp. Seems to happen more when hungry or after e. Recently had period so not prego? Normal?

Headache & Nausea: Unfortunately these symptoms are not specific for a particular disease. However if you have changed anything in your eating, sleeping or activity pattern that might shed some light. You need to get the BP checked and get some labs done. Try to eat healthy and sleep well, avoid alcohol and excess caffeine and see what will happen. ...Read more

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I'm always hungry right before my period starts. Is this normal?

Yes: Cravings before a period are' notoriously' normal as well as premenstrual weight gain. ...Read more

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14 days late on period and just now started spotting very lightly. Been nausea n hungry more lately.

14 days late on period and just now started spotting very lightly. Been nausea n hungry more lately.

Home pregnancy test: If home pregnancy test is positive, recommend seeking care immediately to confirm viable pregnancy (exclude ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage).
If home pregnancy test is negative, observation is reasonable. If no menses > 2 months, reasonable to seek evaluation with 1' gyn. ...Read more

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I was supposed to get my period 7 days ago there's no way I'm pregnant but I am so hungry nothing seems to fill it?

I was supposed to get my period 7 days ago there's no way I'm pregnant but I am so hungry nothing seems to fill it?

P.G. test?: Have you done a pregnancy test yet? No way to be pregnant is ONLY if you are not sexually active or have a negative pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Menstrual Period (Definition)

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