Stomach ulcer is a painful sore (called peptic ulcer) that forms in the stomach lining. It can lead to a number of symptoms, which some could be very bothersome and stressful. Interestingly, sometimes changes in menstrual bleeding occur in women with the disease. Can this gastric ulcer affect menstrual cycle?
of reproductive age can experience a range of problems affecting their periods,
including heavy menstrual bleeding, pain, or skipped periods .
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called menstrual cramp, it usually occurs before or/and during the menstrual
bleeding. In teens and young women, it’s often considered harmless even though
when they have severe cramps. But in older women, it may signal certain
condition such as endometriosis (a disorder in which the endometrium develops
outside the uterus) and uterine fibrosis (a benign tumor that grows in the
include abdominal cramps, feeling of extra pressure in the abdomen, and pain in
other parts of the body (such as lower back, hips, or thighs). If the cramps
worsen, you may also experience upset stomach, vomiting, or loose stools.
is a medical term for the lack /absence of menstruation. It can include one or
more skipped menstrual periods. Many times, it’s caused by pregnancy,
breastfeeding, and menopause. Other causes; eating disorders, stress, certain
medications, extreme weight loss, and too much exercising!
on the underlying cause, it may cause other symptoms such as; hair loss, excess
growth of facial hair, headache, vision impairment, acne flare-ups, and pelvic
is different from normal periods, typically characterized by the following
- Menstrual bleeding is heavier or
longer than usual.
- It doesn’t occur at your regular
times, for example between periods. Sometimes spotting may also occur anytime
in your menstrual cycle.
- Bleeding occurs after menopause.
can be attributed by many causes. These include hormonal changes, a clotting
problem, or a growth in the uterus. Sometimes the underlying cause is unclear,
stomach is one of the most important organs of your digestive system. It’s
located in your abdomen area, on the left – just below the ribs. Foods that you
eat go through esophagus and pushed down into the stomach. Here powerful digestive
juices are mixed to help digest swallowed foods.
and hydrochloric acid are two essential components of your digestive juices.
But they can also play a role in developing ulcers :
- Pepsin, an enzyme that is
responsible to help break down proteins from food that you eat. Since your
stomach is also composed of protein, it could get hurt with the actions of
- Hydrochloric acid. Too much hydrochloric
acid is bad for the stomach lining which can contribute to cause ulcers, though
many patients with stomach ulcer have normal acid levels. Experts believe that
it is not solely responsible for triggering ulcers.
your stomach is equipped with a natural defense system so it will not get damaged
easily. It has mucus layer, bicarbonate, and prostaglandins (hormone-like
substances) that can help protect against powerful pepsin and acid. If any of
these defense components doesn’t work well, you’re at high risk of developing ulcers
because your stomach is more susceptible to the actions of pepsin and acid.
ulcer can be attributed by a variety of causes. The main ones are as follows:
- Infection caused by Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that commonly lives and grows in the mucous layer of small intestine and stomach. Helicobacter pylori usually doesn’t cause problems. But sometimes it can lead to inflammation and ulcer.
- Certain medications. For example, long-term use of NSAIDs (anti-inflammatory medications) or some medicines for heart disease is associated with increased risk of peptic ulcers.
all people with Helicobacter pylori infection and taking NSAIDs develop ulcers. This
suggests that other factors have a role to trigger the disease. In general,
experts believe the risk of developing ulcers also increases with the following
risk factors: cigarette smoking, too much drinking alcohol, extreme spicy
foods, and if you have uncontrolled (untreated) stress.
your menstrual bleeding, you normally shed your thickened uterine lining (including
extra blood) through your genital organ. The intensity of your menstrual flow
(in terms of how much blood you throw away) may vary from month to month, which
can range from heavy, moderate, or light.
same goes for the length of your menstrual bleeding, it can also vary. In most
cases, it takes three or five days. But menstrual bleeding that lasts from 2 -7
days is still considered normal.
women cycles are in the range of 21 -35 days apart. Irregular, longer cycles
are common for the first years of menstruation. As you age, your menstrual
cycles are more likely to streamline and become more regular.
are a number of factors or conditions that affects your monthly cycles. How
about stomach ulcer?
Theoretically, stomach ulcer has nothing to do with menstrual cycle. Interestingly, some women find that they mess their period after the flare-up of the disease.
seems that stomach ulcer may indirectly cause changes in some women’s menstrual
cycles, how? Although this issue may be still debatable, in general the
following are some possible explanations: