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11 Signs your period is coming

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Written by Lauren McKay

Lauren McKay

Lauren McKay is a writer and journalist with more than ten years of experience writing across a variety of topics. She is a passionate advocate for driving women’s health knowledge and is a trained yoga teacher. She earned a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow and currently lives in Scotland.

Fact checked by Jack Pearson, Medical Affairs Manager at Natural Cycles

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Dr. Jack Pearson is a previously HCPC registered Embryologist with a PhD in reproductive medicine. Prior to joining Natural Cycles leading Medical Affairs, he worked for more than 10 years in a clinical setting working at some of the busiest fertility clinics in the UK. Today he spends most of his time working with experts at the world’s leading institutions to carry out important research with the vision to further the field of female health. He earned his PhD from the University of Sheffield specializing in Sperm Metabolism and currently lives in London.

Key takeaways:

  • Not everyone gets PMS symptoms, but for those who do, they generally start to appear one to two weeks before your period arrives

  • Common signs your period is coming include changes in your mood, tender breasts, feeling tired, and food cravings

  • There are some times when you may have symptoms of PMS, but your period doesn’t come – but in most cases, there’s an explanation, such as stress, hormonal birth control or even early pregnancy

There are many physical and emotional changes that can signal that your period is on the way, including tender breasts, mood changes, and tiredness. While we all experience symptoms differently, most women start to notice these symptoms between one and two weeks before they get their period. In this article, we’re going to take a look at some more signs your period may be on its way and what to look out for.

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