Ignore the doctors.
Lots of us have days we are very much hungrier than usual (real hunger), whether associated with menstruation or not. (A sudden increase in exercise can also do it, for instance; not eating properly for a few days previously might do it; sometimes there seems to be no reason at all.) I know that while I was still losing weight, I would run into that sort of thing on average about once or twice a week. (It didn't necessarily last the entire day.)
What I wound up trying to do is to give my body what it was asking for, within reason, and while paying extra attention to making sure the food was high quality and filling. So in other words, I would never try to satisfy that sort of hunger with an apple, a fruit and nut bar, an 80 calorie yogurt, or half a peanut butter sandwich. It was straight for the big guns -- at least 300 calories of whatever I had around that had a lot of protein and healthy fat in it (and some carbs too, don't get me wrong -- a mix of all three is helpful IMO). Sometimes I would eat my planned lunch (generally 400-500 calories) instead of my morning snack (200 calories) and hope for the best. And as often as not, it worked out, and nipped the crazy hunger in the bud and let me get through the rest of the day without eating more than my planned calories by very much, if at all. (Occasionally eating my lunch at 10 in the morning meant I wasn't hungry at all again until late afternoon, and I could eat my snack then and finish out the day completely on my usual course, just rearranged.) And if I was still hungry despite all of that, generally it was more manageable. (And it always goes away after a day or two, so never let your mind try to tell you you're doomed to suffer through it forever!)
One extra thought, though, have you had your iron tested? If you're borderline low, maybe menstruation is pushing you just slightly over the edge to where your body is trying to get you to eat more food to get more iron into your system. So that might be worth looking into. But it might be perfectly normal, too.
Oh, and one additional thought -- just doublecheck that your behavior (that is, what you eat) isn't different at that time. Some foods definitely do a better job of dealing with hunger than others, and if hormones are leading you to eat more of the worse ones at that time of month than otherwise, then that could be the issue right there and all you need to do is make sure you eat the same then as otherwise. But again -- could be perfectly normal.
Edited by: RENATARUNS at: 9/19/2013 (13:27)
Height 5'8 1/2"
GW: Originally 150. Maintaining at about 146 since June 2013.
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