Dr. Lisa Masterson

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Is it normal that I get cravings for weird foods when I have my period?

Dr. Lisa Masterson, an ob-gyn at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, has the answers to all of your questions about your period.

"Cravings are caused by hormones, hormones, hormones," Dr. Masterson says. "Women are hormonal beings. As the cycle goes up, the hormones go up and then they go down. These actually will make your taste buds want salty foods to head off anemia so that your iron goes up and your blood volume goes up."

With the changes in their metabolism, women may feel cravings for carbohydrates, sushi, chocolate or any number of other foods.
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