Water retention: Relieve this premenstrual symptom

Water retention before your period can be annoying. Understand what might help relieve this premenstrual symptom.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Is water retention a regular premenstrual symptom for you? Here's help to feel better.

Why water retention happens

Premenstrual water retention is likely caused by fluctuations in your hormones. Your diet also might play a role.

Most women who menstruate experience symptoms such as bloating one to two days before the start of their periods. Others regularly experience symptoms during the five days before their periods that interfere with some of their normal activities. This is called premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

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