View Full Version : IBS and Hormones...All womens help please..lets do our own survey...

04-28-2001, 05:18 PM
Hi All The Women At Healthboards....
(Men this is not sexist just a survey)
I have IBS D type with pain and cramping and an urgent need to go to the loo after a meal.
I also have been having re occuring periods..
I am booked for a D and C to scrape the womb as the periods are every two weeks....With the IBS I have some good days but when my period comes the IBS starts as well...
What I would like to know is ???
1)Does your IBS flare up when you are on or near a period.
2)What medication do you take for it ??
3)What vitamins or supplements have you tried in the run up to your period to help with the period and the IBS...
4) What age were you when the IBS was diagnosed...
Thankyou all in advance for any replies....
Please answer as many as possible xx
thanx Janie xx

04-28-2001, 07:19 PM
1. Yes, definitely!
2.& 3. Caltrate 600 Plus...this has really helped me with the cramping and d, and my periods haven't been as bad. You have to play with the dosage to see what's right for you. I take 1 Caltrate with breakfast and 1/2 Caltrate with dinner. I skip the dinner dosage sometimes if I find myself getting c. This is not for c types, just d types.
4. diagnosed in my teens.
Take care, dg <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

Angie E
04-29-2001, 11:14 AM
When I have a hormone fluctuation, my IBS goes beserk. Very violent diarrhea. My periods were very irregular, so I never knew what was break through bleeding and what was my period. I finally figured out when my period was due, I would have massive amounts of diarrhea. Also, diarrhea after sex. I'm 35 and have had major endomtreial (excuse spelling) problems since the age of 10. Almost had to have a hysterectomy at the age of 16 when we finally got the bleeding stopped. I have endometrial material on my bowel and when my hormones fluctuate, the material swells and more diarrhea. Since my hysterectomy at the age of 29 (One of the best things I ever did!) I've been going through menopause and more fluctations and diarrhea. My ovaries are slowly dying, but when I do ovulate, once every 4 months or so, I'll have another bout. But I can always tell when it's hormonal. My abdomen swells more than normal, (graphic here...) the diarrhea has a different consistency and color, more green and more liquid and it seems more violent, enough to leave you shaking afterwards. It's more unpredictable, i.e. it doesn't just happen after meals, but at night after I've gone to bed, anytime. My regular IBS acts of after eating usually and doesn't happen after I've gone to bed. My IBS usually happens in the mornings as well. I'm a firm believer that horomones do play a major part. When I had Graves Disease, overactive thyroid, (body produces to much thyroxin, another hormone) I had massive diarrhea as well. Does this help?
Angie E

Angie E
04-29-2001, 11:16 AM
P. S.

I never did find a way to stop it effectively. Tried Immodium and it didn't stop it, just delayed it for a week. I just suffered with it, knowing it would pass (no pun intendend of course! well..maybe). As the previous poster has mentioned, I have heard that calcium does help some people...

04-29-2001, 12:46 PM

Menstrual cycle can affect bowel symptoms

NEW YORK, Nov 25 (Reuters Health) -- The menstrual cycle can affect
bowel symptoms in women with inflammatory bowel disease or irritable
bowel syndrome, a study suggests."We observed in our large clinical
practice that many women were reporting changes in their symptoms or
flare-ups of their inflammatory bowel disease correlating with their
menstrual cycle," said Dr. Stephen B. Hanauer of the University of
Chicago, Illinois, in an interview with Reuters Health.

To study the possible link, Hanauer and colleagues interviewed 49
women with ulcerative colitis, 49 with Crohn's disease, 46 with irritable
bowel syndrome, and 90 healthy women without bowel problems.

The symptoms of such disorders range from abdominal pain and
diarrhea under stress to more severe bowel inflammation that can cause
fever, anorexia, frequent hospitalization and the need for surgical removal
of a portion of the intestine.

The researchers found that 93% of women reported one or more of 18
premenstrual symptoms, including irritability, depression, and weight
gain, and those with bowel disease reported premenstrual syndrome
(PMS) and menstrual symptoms "more frequently" than other women.

Those with irritable bowel syndrome and irritable bowel disease reported
more diarrhea, either before or at the time of menstruation. And women
with bowel disease were significantly more likely to have a monthly
pattern to their bowel symptoms than controls.

Treatment can help such cyclic variation in symptoms, according to

"In many cases, either changing the cycle, for instance with oral
contraceptives, or ablating the cycle with progesterone or leuprolide, can
improve cyclic-related flare-ups," he said.

SOURCE: American Journal of Gastroenterology 1998;93:1867-1872.

They have an error here where they mention irritable bowel disease and ibs, I think
they meant IBD.
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04-29-2001, 04:34 PM
Thankyou very much for the replies...
I am currently trying out the caltrate...I just seem to have a terrible time with the periods..also with the breakthrough bleeding this dosent help....
What are peoples weight like....Mine now stays the same it used to drop with the diarreah but dosent now....
...I'm now 30 and would like to have another child...last child born when I was 20 and before IBS..Does IBS also get worse with pregnancy...??? I want another chld as hubby has had cancer ...he is my second husband and we would like a child of our own.....I would be grateful for any replies..
Love Janie xx

Angie E
04-29-2001, 04:45 PM
My IBS stopped during pregnancy, after the first three months. It kicked back in after my son was born. For some reason, it wasn't as bad when I was nursing, of course, I didn't have a period while I was nursing either. I think that's because a different hormone comes into effect for nursing. Good Luck!

04-30-2001, 04:30 PM
Dear DiamondGirl, Angie...
Thank you for taking the time to answer all the questions....I am very grateful...
It would be nice if a few more ladies posted replies and we could try different recommended supplements

Thanx again folks...
Love Janie<p>[This message has been edited by moderator1 (edited 07-11-2001).]

05-11-2001, 12:09 AM
I'm new to this message board. Hope this info will help.
I was diagnosed with IBS last year; I've actually been suffering with it for almost 3 years, but previously didn't know what it was. I have all the symptoms EXCEPT no cramping or pain. Both my doctors agree there's "something else" going on with me besides the IBS, possibly something hormonal / perimenopausal, but they don't know what. The IBS comes and goes. Sometimes, it's only gastrointestinal. At other times, I get some really strange symptoms, very hard to describe: extreme fatigue; feeling of spaciness; an "unreal" feeling as though I'm shut down and disconnected from everything around me; inability to concentrate; high anxiety. At other times, I get flu-like symptoms, even as far as getting the chills and shaking uncontrollably. At other times, I just get nauseaus and lethargic. My IBS attacks (if it's only gastrointestinal) only last between a few hours to maybe a day or so, but if I'm experiencing the other weird symptoms, then the attack can last as long as a week and I'm practically disfunctional. Fortunately that doesn't happen to me much anymore.

Re: connection with my monthly cycle. Absolutely!! I get an IBS attack (with or without the other weird symptoms)either the day I start my period, or sometimes on the 4th or 5th day of my cycle. I ALWAYS get constipated before my period, and always get diarrhea throughout that portion of the month. Some months I'm lucky, it's just diarrhea and nothing else. Other months, I get all the other symptoms and am disfunctional. But as I said, that doesn't happen so much anymore.

What have I dont for it?
Well, one thing I've stopped doing is asking doctors for advice!!! They are clueless. I've turned to herbal remedies - I read a lot and talk to herbalists and try different things. I've discovered an awful lot that helps me.
Here are some of the things I've done that have definately helped:
1. I stopped smoking (including nicorette), also quit coffee. Black tea is good though, it helps with diarrhea.
2. Avoid junk food. Avoid bakery products.
3. Super healthy diet, high fiber. Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables; sprouts; yogurt; fish; white chicken. This might not work for everyone, but it sure helps me: every morning for breakfast I have fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, oat bran toast, oj, black tea, and bacon (yes, bacon, as long as my IBS isn't flaring up.
4. When the IBS flares up I switch to a soft diet: scrambled eggs; yogurt; bananas; rice; apple sauce; toast; chicken soup.
5. Drink TONS of water, I mean TONS. 10 - 12 tall glasses a day. That means a tall glass of water about every hour. This is especially important right before my period.
6. Best things to eat during a diarrhea phase: apple sauce; apples; black tea.
7. Best supplement: alfalfa!!! I started taking alfalfa tablets last year and it helped. A few months ago I switched to fresh alfalfa, and I think it does an even better job. Eat a big handful after every meal. Tastes good and I swear it works.
8. Other vitamins & supplements: I take garlic capsules (though I'm not sure of their effect on IBS); calcium and magnesium; multi-vitamin.
9. I did a whole cycle of acidophilous last winter - 3 different kinds. Anyone interested in the acidophilous thing, e-mail me, I'll let you know the 3 kinds I took. I think it helped a lot. I also eat plenty of yogurt.
10. Exercise -- yes, it helps. I don't do nearly enough of it. The weeks I'm walking and biking and stretching I usually feel a bit better.
11. Stress -- it's a huge factor. I've worked hard to keep my stress level down and also get a lot of sleep.
Hope this info has been helpful. I'm so grateful for the level of recovery I've had. I used to be terribly sick with this thing, along with acute anxiety over it. Now it comes and goes, it's much less intense than before and doesn't last as long. I feel that I can actually manage it now.
Write if you want to know anything more! Good luck to you!

05-11-2001, 04:52 AM
My IBS is definitely hormally related. It hits me like clockwork monthly. After ovulation I feel great until about 2 days before my period at which time my stools become loose. Then about 3-4 days into my period it hits me like a Mack Truck. I get severe abdominal cramping, diarrhea, sour taste in mouth, nausea and low back pain. I usually miss a day or work and can only semi-control it with Immodium. I basically have to get my colon functions shut completely down to alleviate the symptoms. I will suffer off an on until ovulation again. My MD even considered stopping my cycle, but the side effects of the drug outweighed the IBS symptoms. Does anyone else experience these symptoms?

05-28-2001, 12:05 PM
Hi I wonder if Gynie infections nand IBS are related Ihave had an ongoing Gynie infection (stray pre- cancerous cells in my cervix for over a year) My Gynie found them and several month later my IBS flared up again For the last few months it has been worse and I know thatI have the stray cells back I thought i remember reading somewhere that this can happen but don't remember where Thanks for any help Rose

03-08-2011, 03:34 AM
1)Does your IBS flare up when you are on or near a period.
Its much worse Ive IBS-D it started when I was pregnant with my eldest 16 years ago.

2)What medication do you take for it ??Yes Immodium when essential but not daily.

3)What vitamins or supplements have you tried in the run up to your period to help with the period and the IBS...Evening primrose.

4) What age were you when the IBS was diagnosed...

28 and im 41 now its come and gone over the years worse when pregnant or stressed xx