As anyone who has had a menstrual period knows, they are not without symptoms. Some people have very few symptoms of their menstrual period, while others have severe symptoms, such as flu-like symptoms, nausea, PMS symptoms, period cramps, and abnormal bleeding that makes those period days difficult to tolerate. Some women have such severe symptoms during the period that after the period, they feel exhausted and have a hard time getting back to their normal life.
If you are between the ages of 11-15, you can expect to get your period for the first time during these years. You can begin having periods that are regular from the start, or you can have irregular periods for a few years until they normalize. Either way, you must have a lot of questions.
If you have ovulated, and the ovulation has resulted in a fertilized egg and pregnancy, you not only get a late period or missed period but you can get PMS symptoms just as if you weren’t pregnant. The last two weeks of a menstrual cycle is one in which the progesterone and estrogen levels are high, resulting in premenstrual symptoms of bloating, breast tenderness, cramping and sometimes irritability and emotional symptoms typical of menstrual symptoms. The only difference is that you get these symptoms, but no blood comes out heralding the next cycle.
If you are trying to get pregnant or wonder if you are pregnant, it pays to know the symptoms of pregnancy very early in the process. That way you can know you are pregnant at the earliest possible time and not after a missed period.