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5 Things to Know About Exercising During Your Period

If you tend to ditch the gym during that time of the month, here’s something to think about: A woman named Kiran Gandhi recently made news for running the London Marathon during her period—without a tampon. She did it to raise awareness for women who lack access to feminine care products, and crossed …

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Craving Chocolate to Ease PMS? Blame Society, Not Biology

You know that crazy-intense choclate bar craving that hits you hard around the time your  is due? You’re in good company in the candy aisle; almost 50% of women in the United States say they crave chocolate during their PMS week as well.  Scientists have hypothesized that hormonal fluctuations or nutritional …

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When PMS Strikes, How Do You Fight Back?

I never understood why some women get angry at ‘time of the month’ jokes. Because I, for one, always laugh. Have these females somehow managed to bypass the hormonal nightmare that is PMS? Do they not understand the pain of the otherwise confident, emotionally stable, lighthearted, and happy woman who, …

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How PMS Makes Post

Why do my muscles get sore before my period? Although abdominal cramps tend to be the most talked-about sign of PMS, joint or muscle pain throughout your body is fairly common around that time of the month, too. Blame hormonal fluctuations, which can make your nerve endings extra sensitive and …

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Why Is My Period Late

If you’re not trying to conceive, a late period can be nerve-wracking. But it’s not until you’ve ruled out pregnancy that it becomes really stressful: Does a late or totally absent period mean something’s really wrong? Not necessarily, explains Mary Rosser, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology …

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The Truth About Your Cycle and Your Appetite

The cliché is at least a little true: A new study found that emotional eating in women tends to spike about a week before their periods. But PMS doesn’t automatically equal diet disaster, says Joshua Klein, MD, a reproductive endocrinologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Check out …

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Period Tracker Apps

Thanks to technology, the days of marking upcoming periods with a red dot in our calendars are officially behind us. As the New York Times recently noted, there are now more than 200 period tracking apps available in the App store. These downloads (many of them free) take the guesswork out of your menstrual cycle by monitoring your periods, notifying you when …

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It Hurts to Put in Tampons. What's Going On?

Q: All of the sudden it hurts to use tampons. What could be wrong? Is your flow very light? Sometimes it’s slightly painful to insert or remove a tampon simply because your vagina is dry. You may also be drier after childbirth or during breast-feeding or perimenopause, when levels of estrogen are …

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