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Around your ‘time of the month’ you are particularly vulnerable to a whole list of ailments. Believe it or not, the list of menstrual period symptoms isn’t short and muscle and joint aches and pains definitely make an appearance. Very slight niggles can become exacerbated as a result of a barrage of hormones and chemicals (and sometimes a lack of!) circulating around your body.
On this page I discuss some of the reasons why your menstrual cycle can give rise to muscle and joint pain. Understanding what is going on inside your body means you have a better chance of tackling your issues. I then go on to discuss some useful home, herbal and conventional remedies that can help.
There are several reasons why you might find your muscles and joints are particularly sensitive around the time of your period as I discuss below.
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If aching joints or muscles are particularly troublesome there are some home remedies and dietary and lifestyle factors that could help.
There are some herbal remedies which can help you aching muscles and joints:
Please note, if you are taking hormonal contraceptives such as the pill, hormone-balancing herbal remedies may not be suitable for you.
If your muscle and joint pain is getting you down it might be time to pay your doctor a visit.
If your issue is related to hormones a form of hormonal contraception might be an option. In addition to, or instead of this, anti-inflammatory medication might prove useful. Always make sure you are aware of side effects though (especially if you plan to use this longer-term) as many can cause digestive upset for example.
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