Do you feel some chest pain before menstruation? Chest pain before menstruation is one of the symptoms of PMS (premenstrual syndrome). Some women suffer from this pain before their period.
In this article, we will introduce the symptoms of chest pain before menstruation and the cause of this condition.
What causes chest pain before menstruation?
Women’s bodies change with the cycle of menstruation. This is largely related to female hormones. To know the cause of chest pain, learn about the effects of progesterone and its effects on your body. Doing this will help you keep up with the changes in your physical condition.
Progesterone (female hormone) causes chest pain before menstruation
After the day of ovulation, the body temperature goes up and enters a high temperature phase. Then, when the ova are ovulated from the ovaries, estrogen is secreted, and preparations begin for pregnancy. In this period, your body tends to keep water. Symptoms such as “swelling” and “drowsiness” are also caused by hormones.
Symptoms of chest pain before menstruation are thought to be caused by hormonal stimulation or swelling. And it’s an effect of the female hormone called progesterone. The reason that you may feel chest pain when you get pregnant is because progesterone increases during pregnancy.
Chest pain before menstruation is one of the symptoms of PMS
Unpleasant symptoms felt before menstruation are collectively called PMS. PMS is not considered a disease, therefore basically it’s not treated. Symptoms felt by PMS vary from individual to individual, but one of them is that you feel chest pain. If you feel the pain before menstruation, consider that it may be PMS.
The most common symptoms of PMS that appear on your body are “abdominal pain”, “chest pain” and “lower back pain”. Other symptoms include headache, dizziness, increased or decreased appetite, stiff shoulders, and constipation.
As described above, there are individual differences in PMS, and the symptoms and the degree of pain of PMS, and how long the symptoms of PMS continue, also differ from person to person. For some women, they might feel many symptoms but having only little pain while others might have few but tend to have severe pain.
Chest pain of PMS can be reduced by taking Chinese medicine and birth control pills
Progesterone has also a large effect on emotions, and many people may become emotionally unstable. The most emotional symptom of PMS is the “irritable” symptom.
Other features of PMS include “be easily moved to tears” and “depressing mood”. In addition, some people say that they have “decreased concentration,” “feeling of enervation,” “drowsiness,” and “depression.”
Progesterone is secreted more during pregnancy than before menstruation. It is said that this is to protect the baby during pregnancy and to rest the mother with hormones. The body is starting to accept babies so that they can be pregnant anytime before menstruation, even when they are not pregnant.
Several research studies have shown that traditional Chinese medicine can ease the discomfort and treat PMS symptoms. Below are some examples of Chinese medicines widely used in treating this condition:
Gui-Zhi-Fu-Ling-Wan (Cinnamon Twig and Poria Pill) – activates blood circulation and removes blood stasis and mass in the abdomen.
Xue-Fu-Zhu-Yu-Tang (Persica and Carthamus Combination) – invigorates the blood and expels blood stasis while regulating Qi and unblocking the channels, good for women who have menstrual headache or chest discomfort.
Jia-Wei-Xiao-Yao-San (augmented rambling powder) – spreads the liver Qi, strengthens the spleen, nourishes the blood, and clears the heat, best for women suffering from dull pain in lower abdomen and distending pain in the breasts before/during menstruation.
Symptoms of PMS will be over when menstruation begins
The starting day of PMS symptoms varies from person to person after the day of ovulation, however, symptoms often subside when menstruation begins. Some people have chest pain during menstruation, probably because progesterone secretion is not switched well.
Lower abdominal pain and lower back pain, one of the symptoms of PMS, may also occur during menstruation. Lower abdominal pain may be caused by hormones secreted when the uterus tries to push the endometrium. Lower back pain is said to be caused by coldness and pelvic distortion.
If you have PMS such as chest pain, lower back pain, headache etc., think about the causes first and keep your body warm. Also, if you can’t help the pain before or during menstruation, see your gynecologist and ask them to prescribe Chinese medicine or birth control pills to remove the pain.