Menstrual Period Linked to IBS symptoms in Women

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Typically, the symptoms flare up after eating a meal or after eating certain foods. These trigger foods vary from patient to patient. Therefore, most patients need to follow a trial process of diet to find specific foods that trigger the symptoms as much as possible.

This digestive problem is also common during stressful period. That’s why, you need to manage your stress to help keep the symptoms off.

Some experts believe that patients with irritable bowel syndrome have altered levels of chemicals in the body that are important to transmit gastrointestinal hormones and nerve signals. These chemicals are called ‘neurotransmitters’. And there may be a link between these chemicals and changes of reproductive hormones in women(source).

But unfortunately, it seems this link is not fully understood yet, more studies are needed!

If you have IBS and the symptoms often get worse during menstruation, ask your doctor for more advice! Your doctor give you PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) drugs or oral contraceptives if necessary to help deal with!

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