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Why Do I Cry When I'm On My Period?

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: March 6, 2022
Why Do I Cry When I'm On My Period?

Each month some women experience what is known as premenstrual syndrome (pms) just before they have their period. During this period of time, hormonal imbalances cause women to experience mood changes where they feel more tired, sadder and more sensitive. Don't panic or think it's not normal, relax.

At OneHowTo.com, we want to help answer the question that many women have wondered at some point in their lives: "why do I cry when I'm on my period?" Read on and find out why.

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  1. Hormonal changes
  2. PMS symptoms
  3. How to reduce feelings of malaise caused by your period

Hormonal changes

Female hormones usually change in the days prior to menstruation. This mainly answers why women cry when on their period.

During these days, female hormones experience something of a revolution with changing levels of estrogen and progesterone and a decrease in the level of endorphins in the body. These hormonal imbalances cause many women to suffer from various physical and emotional symptoms.

Why Do I Cry When I'm On My Period? - Hormonal changes

PMS symptoms

The most common symptoms experienced by women in the days prior to menstruation and up to 1 or 2 days after a period has started, can be divided into physical and emotional symptoms.

Physical symptoms:

  • Breast tenderness
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Hunger

Emotional symptoms:

  • Feeling tired
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Feelings of sadness and a desire to cry

So before asking why do I cry when I'm on my period? the answer lies with premenstrual syndrome which alters hormones and causes an imbalance.

Why Do I Cry When I'm On My Period? - PMS symptoms

How to reduce feelings of malaise caused by your period

There are a number of practices which can help lessen premenstrual symptoms as well as those felt during your period so you don't feel so flat or depressed. These are very simple tasks that you can incorporate into your daily life and the results are really effective:

  • Drink plenty of fluids (about two liters of water a day) to reduce fluid retention
  • Avoid eating in large quantities and consume food every 3 hours (whether a piece of fruit, a yogurt, etc.). Take a look at some healthy snacks if you like.
  • Introduce foods that are rich in fiber into your diet to relieve possible symptoms of constipation: bread, wholewheat pasta and brown rice or fruit and vegetables
  • Exercise throughout the month on a regular basis to reduce the intensity of premenstrual symptoms

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

If you want to read similar articles to Why Do I Cry When I'm On My Period?, we recommend you visit our Family health category.


  • There is nothing wrong in being sensitive or crying, don't worry or get confused by saying you are acting strange it is perfectly normal.
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apart from crying I seem to have no other symptoms crying for no reason is starting to worry my mum what I'm trying to say if I'm crying for nothing and there's nothing wrong happened is there a way i can calm my self
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Our advice is to relax, this will help clear your mind and think logically. Take a look at our article, you may find some of the techniques useful
Hope this helps
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