Belly bloat causes a visibly distended abdomen that may feel uncomfortably full or gaseous. The issues and conditions that cause bloating range from minor to significant, and a person who experiences recurring or constant bloating should speak to a doctor about treatment.
Many women experience bloating during ovulation and the pre-menstrual period. At both these stages of the menstrual cycle, hormones such as estrogen and progesterone fluctuate, causing fluid retention that leads to belly and lower abdomen bloating. As long as the symptom can be linked to a cause like menstruation, doctors generally recommend dietary and lifestyle changes to reduce bloating, rather than medications. Some people also find relief with herbal remedies such as raspberry leaf tea.
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