Signs Your Period Is About to Take Over

If you’re on birth control, your cycles are likely more regulated (meaning you can narrow in on when your period arrives each month). But if you aren’t, you may be surprised when “Flo” finally shows face. Instead of waiting and wondering when your time of the month is going to happen, it’s better to look out for the “warning signs.” Here are a few signs that your period is about to take over.


Hormones are running rampant, and oil production is increasing. This leads to period-related breakouts. Sebum production rises, clogging pores and causing acne. This typically happens right before or during your period, particularly around the chin and jawline.

Mood Swings

If menstruation is right around the corner, estrogen and progesterone levels change. During ovulation, estrogen levels are high, making you feel pretty happy. But when the end of your cycle approaches, estrogen levels drop, and progesterone kicks up. Unfortunately, this reversal can make you irritable and moody.

Abdominal Cramps

Ugh, one of the worst symptoms: abdominal cramps. They can start before bleeding and last up to several days, making you want to curl up in a ball and stay in bed all day. An OTC pain reliever and a heating pad can help.

Tender Breasts

If your period is on its way in, your breasts are likely about to get tender, primarily due to the estrogen/progesterone hormonal change your body is experiencing. So, if you can, have Advil or Tylenol on deck to ease these uncomfortable symptoms.


Have you ever thought about why you crave a chocolate bar or an entire tub of ice cream before or during your period? The reason for this is, again, hormonal changes. That upward and downward spiral will leave you craving sweet or salty foods. But just because your taste buds want it doesn’t mean that’s all you should consume. Remember to eat foods that alleviate bloating, and drink plenty of water.

Thicker Discharge

When you’re approaching your period, your vaginal discharge may change. Usually, the clean and lubricated substance that exits the body is clear, but hormonal changes may cause it to be thicker and whiter than usual – and that’s totally normal.

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