Water Retention Before Menstruation

What Causes Water Retention Before Menstruation?

Water retention before menstruation can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose water retention before menstruation, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "water retention before menstruation" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Low Progesterone
  • Vitamin B6 Need

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
forgetting dreams
difficulty conceiving children
reduced mental clarity
non-vaginal candidiasis
sensitivity to bright light
low progesterone level
tongue soreness
cysts in breasts
hyperactivity
temple-based headaches
pear-shaped body when overweight
microcytic red cells
... and more than 20 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of water retention before menstruation:
Cause Probability Status
Vitamin B6 Need 96% Confirm
Low Progesterone 61% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate being premenopausal or being perimenopausal, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Water retention (edema) - do your ankles swell before menstruation?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Occasionally / moderately
→ Often / severely
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate water retention before menstruation, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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