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What does a menstrual period feel like?

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A few days before and during your period, you might feel cramping and bloating in your abdomen. The cramps are caused by increased production of hormones. These hormones (called prostaglandins) cause the muscles of the uterus to contract. Many teens who have cramps also notice aching in the upper thighs along with lower back pain. Some also notice nausea, diarrhea, irritability, headaches, and fatigue, among other symptoms.

From: All About Menstruation WebMD Medical Reference

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Iwannaknow.org: "Puberty." 

WebMD Medical Reference:  .  Normal Menstrual Cycle

Cool Nurse.com:  "What You Need to Know About Menstruation."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Especially for Teens: Menstruation." 

The National Women's Health Information Center: "Menstruation and the Menstrual Cycle."

Tampax: Usage questions: "Can I use a tampon overnight?"

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on April 18, 2019

SOURCES: 

Iwannaknow.org: "Puberty." 

WebMD Medical Reference:  .  Normal Menstrual Cycle

Cool Nurse.com:  "What You Need to Know About Menstruation."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Especially for Teens: Menstruation." 

The National Women's Health Information Center: "Menstruation and the Menstrual Cycle."

Tampax: Usage questions: "Can I use a tampon overnight?"

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on April 18, 2019

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