Summary: Amenorrhea refers to a medical condition whereby a woman experiences the absence of menstrual periods for at least three months. Women who experience amenorrhea may develop it as a result of various factors including eating disorders, hormonal imbalances, strenuous exercise, and so on. If you have been experiencing amenorrhea, then it will be great to keep an eye on the signs indicating that your menstrual cycle may be returning soon. So, what are the signs that can show that you are regaining your period after experiencing amenorrhea? Here are some key signs that you should look out for.
1. Change in Vaginal Discharge
If you are recovering from amenorrhea, you may first notice a change in your vaginal discharge. Normally, you may experience cervical mucus changes during the menstrual cycle, which may give the discharge a thick or creamy texture. However, before your menstrual cycle returns, you may notice that your discharge changes with either a clear, watery fluid or a sticky and stretchy consistency. This is usually due to the increased levels of the hormone estrogen in your body, but it is essential to keep an eye on any weird discharge to ensure that other conditions are ruled out.
Moreover, you may experience changes in your vaginal odor. The natural smell of your vagina may change during your menstrual cycle. If you begin noticing a pungent odor, which could be a fishy smell, it may suggest that something else is going on, and you should consult with a doctor.
Lastly, itching and burning sensations in the vaginal area may also hint that you are about to regain your period. This is usually caused by an increase in estrogen hormones which could cause a change in the acidic pH level of the vagina.
2. Mood Swings and Cravings
If you are recovering from amenorrhea, you may also experience mood swings which could come in the form of irritability, depression, and anxiety. This is common as hormonal levels shift – estrogen tends to rise while progesterone dips, causing an imbalance which can lead to mood disturbances. Additionally, you may develop weird cravings that you never experienced before. Your body will crave more salty or sugary foods due to the hormonal changes that occur before menstruation sets in. You may notice that your appetite increases, and you tend to eat more during your premenstrual period.
To combat these symptoms, it is recommended to adopt healthy food habits and exercise regularly. Also, consider meditation and mindfulness techniques like yoga to manage the mood swings and emotional stress that comes with premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Furthermore, take note that if your moods are excessive or the cravings become unhealthy, this could be a sign of other underlying medical conditions, seeking medical assistance is crucial to rule out any other ailments that may be worsening this experience.
3. Acne Breakouts
Acne breakouts are another symptom that occur due to a surge in hormones that lead to increased oil production in your skin cells. When your estrogen iLevels are low, this leads to an increase in testosterone levels in the body which then causes more sebum production which results in acne. If you notice pimples or a sudden outbreak of acne, this could suggest that you are getting your period soon. However, it is important to stay consistent in your skincare routine and not to take your menstrual cycle as the only cause of your breakouts since other conditions or lifestyle habits may also lead to acne.
You can forestall acne by keeping your face clean and making sure to avoid oily foods that could exacerbate the situation. Alternatively, you may use some over-the-counter acne remedies to deal with the breakout, however, it is essential to seek professional medical advice before embarking on any new medication or treatment plan.
4. Breast Tenderness and Swelling
As your body produces more estrogen in preparation for your menstrual cycle, you may notice a change in your breasts. You may feel an overall soreness or tenderness that did not exist before, and the nipples could become sensitive or painful to the touch. The increase in estrogen causes milk ducts and glands in the breast tissue to enlarge, which results in swelling and formation of benign cysts in the breast tissue. Once menstruation begins, these symptoms should taper off, alleviating the discomfort.
However, it is important to stay aware of any lumps or abnormalities forming in the breast area during this time. Conduct a self-examination regularly to ensure that everything remains normal, but still, make sure that a medical practitioner checks you out frequently.
If the discomfort is too much to endure, you can ease it by wearing a supportive bra that fits well to avoid strain on the breast tissue and application of ice packs or warm compresses on the affected area, Mastalgia medications can also be prescribed by a doctor to lessen the pain and swelling.
5. Cramps and bloating
Before the start of menstruation, your body will start releasing prostaglandins, making the uterus contract and cramps to develop. Therefore, as your period draws closer, you may experience light abdominal cramps, low back pain, or bloating. This occurs as the body starts preparing for the shedding of the uterine lining. Some people also experience constipation, which is caused by hormonal changes. These symptoms should alleviate once you start menstruating, but it’s important not to ignore severe pain and excessive bleeding which may indicate another underlying issue.
To deal with premenstrual symptoms and bloating, a balanced diet and exercise are essential. Regular exercise can help alleviate cramps and bloating, whereas avoiding sugary foods and carbonated beverages can aid in combating bloating, constipation and indigestion.
Ensuring that you remain observant of the changes in your body before your period returns is essential if you have been experiencing amenorrhea. Always keep in mind that other underlying health conditions could also lead to these symptoms, and seeking medical advice will go a long way in helping decipher their roots and getting proper treatment.
Be able to determine what is normal and not normal with your body and don’t hesitate to seek professional guidance if something seems unusual during this time. By staying attentive to your body’s signs and taking proactive steps regarding integrating healthier lifestyle habits, you’ll be able to help regulate your cycle effectively.