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Readers Respond: How Does Your Period Affect Your IBS?

Responses: 58


Updated October 01, 2012

period and ibs

i've had IBS for 10 years now started that i was constipated quite a bit, but now its loose stools, some very runny. very painful. i have noticed that it happens around the time of my period, like a couple of days before and lasts a few days, i feel so depressed too with it............ i have endometriosis and also suffer with adhesions, i'm on the merina coil at the moment but don't think this is working for me as i've had it in nearly a year now and still getting periods but now they are so irregular that in the past month i have seen a bleed for 20 days , when before i was on this i used to have a period for 5 days every 6 weeks ........... i want the hysterectomy i think this will help no end to all my problems, and will surely help with my ibs, as now it feels never ending ........ i'm so tired all the time, don't feel like doing anything, and my legs are pounding all the time and feet swell up too.
—Guest maria

I dread the monthly visit

When my ibs started at 11 it was mostly going too much and now at 28 it is hard to go. A few days before aunt flo comes I have the worst bloating and gas pains. The day of and a few days after I have times when I don't think I will make it to a bathroom. I feel exhausted.
—Guest acp

Not Alone

I'm so glad that I'm not alone in suffering. I thought I was going crazy.

IBS Cramps

I just suffered from an episode last night. It's been a few months since it's happened, but my first night on my period, I suffer from insomnia, severe cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea. It's exausting. Often, after vomiting I can take pain killers and use the heating pad and I can get some sleep.
—Guest Chelsea

Minimizing the trouble of PMS

My daughter had huge problems with PMS that would make her symptoms of her IBS flare up so much that she would miss out on life~ constipation, intense pain, you name it. What we are trying is birth control pills so that she only has her period 4 x year ( she skips the placebo pills and starts a new pack). So far this has helped a lot~ Her doctor is thinking of having her skip her period for a year so that we get her IBS symptoms more under control.

IBS during cycle

I use to get IBS symptoms of bad constipation during my menstrual cycle, but since I had my baby delivered by C-section, I now get diarrhea during my cycle, usually a few days before and at the end of my cycle. I am not sure why at the end. Also I get it when I am ovulating. Very frustrating. It sometimes causes me to miss work as well.
—Guest mswader

Glad to know I'm not the only one!

About 4-5 days before my period, my IBS flares up big time. I cannot eat fruit or salad during this time and dairy products are off limits anyday. I experience the following symptoms regularly (some every month and some once in a while): cramping, diarrhea, indigestion, nausea, sinus congestion alternating with a non-stop runny nose, hard stool, constipation, fatigue, and a feeling of being spaced-out (like missing an exit on the freeway). I really shouldn't be driving during this time. I also get tooth and gum sensitivity. This is with birth control! I feel for all of you ladies. I've just come to accept that I will feel like crap one week every month. I can keep my IBS under control pretty well but come PMS week it's all over for me. Really embarrassing when I get an attack at work.

a rough period.

my constipation seems worse durring my period. I take probiotics at nite before i go to bed. usually 25mgs. work best for me. one right before bed with alot of water. the "ultimate flora" brand from (whole foods) i recommend. prayers to Jesus helps to give alot of comfort and peace too.
—Guest donyell

IBS and Period

A few days before my period I get severe diarrhea and my IBS kicks in. I had novasure done two years ago for severe bleeding - so I don't bleed anymore (from my period) but I still get the PMS symptoms, get extremely tired and the IBS kicks in. I take aleve and use a heating pad which does wonders. Every once in a while the pain and diarrhea is so intense that I have to leave work and to go home and lay down. Sleeping helps a lot at that point.
—Guest cinnytoast


I have severe IBS and get worse symptoms several days before my period like constipation, pains, lots trapped gas, cramps, bloating, insomnia, headaches, joint pain, frequent urination, tiredness .All these symptoms are extreme to begin with! Then when I have my period the cramps are so severe( along with my other symptoms )that I come close to passing out. I have to take several baths and always have heat pack on my stomach. The pain is so extreme I want to die. Birth control won't even help.
—Guest Kelli


3-5 days before and until 1-3 days during the start of my period I get nauseous, bloated, and constipated followed by diarrhea, insomnia and a swollen body. Every other month or so, I end up vomiting for 2 - 5 days, mostly at night. I am relieved to know that my ideas that my period brought on my IBS are not just random concerns of a worrier.
—Guest Sherry

Period and IBS simultaneous!

I'm not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing, but I tend to get IBS at the start of my period -- cramps inspiring more cramps. I have to stay at home and curl up around a hot pad, but at least I don't have as many bad days as I do when the two happen separately.
—Guest morph9

Constipation Worsens

Throughout most of the month I can keep constipation at bay with exercise and ground flaxseed. But, when I get my period, my stools become little hard nuggets that seem impossible to pass. A few days of that is then followed by loose and frequent stools. I have learned to dread the 5th of every month.

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