Water Retention Before Menstruation

What Causes Water Retention Before Menstruation?

Water retention before menstruation can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'very minor' 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 four possibilities:
  • Nat Mur Need
  • Nat Sulf Need
  • 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:
low energy/stamina
history of painful menstrual cramps
irritability related to cycle
elevated estrogen levels
high sensitivity to bright light
brittle fingernails
very angry/hostile disposition
forgetting dreams
leg cramps caused by walking
low progesterone level
history of non-vaginal candidiasis
... and more than 30 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
Nat Mur Need 98% Confirm
Vitamin B6 Need 19% Unlikely
Nat Sulf Need 0% Ruled out
Low Progesterone 0% Ruled out
* 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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