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Readers Respond: How Does Your Period Affect Your IBS?

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Updated October 01, 2012

Hormonal changes related to a woman's period often have an effect on her IBS symptoms. Have you seen a relationship between your period and your IBS? Does your IBS get better or worse at different times of the month? What symptoms seem to get worse and which symptoms seem to get better? Share your experience and find out how the menstrual cycle affects IBS symptoms in other women. Share Your Experience!

living with it

I was diagnosed two years ago with ibs. Fiber was recommended and I had no ibs pain for two years, although I really monitored what I ate and fiqured out what foods upset my stomach (my belly does not like dairy or green onions) although I am able to eat dairy with my fiber. Recently I had a terrible ibs attack that even hurt me to sit up straight...I noticed a few things, I started my period and I had a list of food items that I had not eaten before and finally diarrhea, which seems to be flushing it out. Gonna go back to my routine and see if I regain some normalcy. Glad to read other posts, it helps!
—Guest elizabeth


Hey im 23 and i usually start my period on the 18th or 19th I havent came on and im kinda scared. im having symptoms like im getting ready to start which is diarrhea and gas but still no flow. im really getting a little mad cus I dont want to be pregnant o please jesus dont let me be pregnant!!!!!
—Guest Lu

Ways to help with Gas, IBS, and PMS

Honestly the best thing that has helped me is diet change, and just stopping all the bad habits in my life. Anxiety can cause IBS and make it worse during your period. Don't be afraid to talk to someone if you are stressing. Even if it's over something little. The Paleo diet has helped me in so many ways. The first 30 days are the worst. Your body is cleaning itself out. Think of your body as a car. You have to keep your insides clean for them to work better. Start taking more vitamins, what you don't need you'll pee out. It should help if you bleed too much. (low iron) this is just what I have done for myself. You might not feel like it'll work for you, but it's worth a try. I am also on the mirena, still iffy about it. I don't like anything that's not natural but it could be helping as well for all I know. Hope you ladies are feeling better. I feel your pain. (hugs)
—Guest stormie

I hate this so so much

So, today, I started my period, and I've always had ibs.Well, usually on my period, I'll get sort of nauseous and my stool will be runny, then I'll have a stomachache and frequent urination...its been happening for five hours now...ugh!!! God bless you all that go through this hell! It is truly awful..
—Guest emily

ibs on my period

Im 16 years old and have been suffering with ibs since I was 10 years old. It is hard enough going through life with ibs as it disturbs everything. Since I am still in school it is very embarrassing when I have an episode when im in school. When im on my period it gets so much worse. I have terrible diarrhea and the worst cramps imaginable. I wish my parents would understand that with this pain I dont want to be at school. Glad to hear there are people with me on this .
—Guest julia

I think I may have Ibs.

I've been having horrible cramps. I'm very gassy and I have diarrhea and constipation. I know I should be getting my period some time this week however I have been sexually active so people seem to think that I'm pregnant.
—Guest Celeste

Nausea and diarrhea

Although it sucks that we are all going through this, i'm so happy to know that i'm not the only one that feels this way! About a week before my period I have been starting to feel nauseous at night. Twice during the week I have been woken up with diarrhea and vomiting. It just sucks because I feel like no matter what I eat, I still feel nauseous at night. I am on birth control and an IBS pill but none of that helps. I wish there was a better solution for us IBS girls. We really got the short end of the stick :(
—Guest Theresa


I have been having gas pains and diarrhea for a couple of days now this is the first time it has happened with my period, my period lasts for about 5-6 days on average. I was wondering if anyone knows how to prevent these pains ? Oh and I'm 12 years old.
—Guest Indigo angel

I'm very tired of this

Been living with IBS symptoms for 11 years now. Whenever I get my period it's like 100 times worse like it is today. As I am old enough to know I'm never going to have kids I wish there was a way to stop my period as maybe then the IBS wouldn't get so bad every month. It's seriously the worst pain in the universe. Glad to know I'm not alone on this at least.
—Guest Mo

Living with IBS

For the last 2 years i have been suffering with IBS, and it gets worse 2 - 3 days before my period is due, i have a throbbing pain only on the right side of my abdomen, constipation, feel sick and have a headache for the whole duration. As soon as i got these symptoms i went to my GP and they referred me to a gyno as they were not sure if it was IBS or Endometriosis, the gyno told me to take the contraceptive pill for 3 months back to back to see if this helped symptoms, but when i got to the end of each pill packet i was experiencing the symptoms mentioned above even though i had no period, i am now due to see my gyno again, but i think the end result will be IBS as if you don't have a period you should not (although not the case for everyone) get any symptoms of endo but if the problem is bowel related you still would due to the change in hormones. I will push for a laparoscopy though just to be sure. i thought i would share my experience so far for other people who are in my position.


And enough known about the condition for people to be understanding, or empathetic of the dramatic affect it can have on a persons life, as it makes it very difficult to function during an episode. This is the first time I have ever been able to speak about how it really makes me feel and how awful it can be openly. I'm sorry about the lengthy chat, and wish you all the best and luck with finding ways to make life easier to cope with during these episodes. Just don't let it beat you. I always find the symptoms are must worse when I get upset. I really does help though hard sometimes to think positively and say I'm going to beat you :).
—Guest Tracy


diet, and although some things help make the symptoms a little Ore bearable, but nothing I have tried gets rid of them completely. I've also noticed the older I get, the worse the episodes when they do happen have become.. . The one and only positive I take from years of this suffering, is that most times, I am able to control where I am, and whom I'm around when the symptoms are at there worst. It's hard obviously when you work, and sometimes I find it hard being a single mum of a four year old girl it's not something I want my chins to have to see, but unfortunately it's impossible to hide. My first real episode happened when I worked In travel and was looking around five star abroad and having to sample the menus, I ended up two days seriously I'll in bed and no idea of what was wrong, and was very frightened. It's a very scary, upsetting, embarrassing, emotionally/physically draining not to mention painful illness, and I find in general still there is not enough known about
—Guest Tracy


Hi, I'm now 39 and have been suffering IBS for over fifteen year, but was only really diagnosed four years ago, not that this has helped in any way except to put some kind of name to the sheer hell I experience at least once a month. . . I feel for anyone out there that is experiencing the sheer physical and emotional pain that I do on a regular basis, but tonight after reading these post strangely comforted by knowing I'm not alone, even if I feel like I am. I'm experiencing phase 1 as now name it - three days before period due - extreme bloating, cramping, gas constipation, feel sick, dizzy, headache. But what I fear is what comes next the cramping that doesn't stop, just builds and builds until you feel like someone ripping your insides out with their bare hands, until spasm and then it's running to the toilet every few minutes:(. I've tried all kinds of things to make the symptoms less, like peppermint, drinking plenty of water, eating lots of fibre, cutting gassy foods out of my o
—Guest Tracy

There is help!

I have been suffering from IBS for 32 yrs. and have recently figured out how to stop the attacks in its tracks. However, on my period I make sure I have ibuprofen on hand. Okay ladies here it goes: DO NOT take a hot shower it will prolong the pain. DO NOT put anything hot on your stomach. DO NOT lie in bed with the pain. Always find a toilet when you feel the pain coming. The brain tells your bowels to pass. The way to deal with the pain outside of your period time is TUMS, yes I said TUMS. When you feel the attack coming on immediately put two TUMS in your mouth and suck slowly letting your blood stream absorb it. I find that the best TUMS is WAl-MART equate brand. Carry this bottle everywhere with you it is your life line. The bowels is a muscle heat contracts making it difficult to pass your stools ice pack can relax the vowels but the TUMS (Wal-Mart Brand) is the life saver.
—Guest Ellen

Oh my God I've been thinking I'm dying!

I'm 21, I got diagnosed with IBS a few months back but as it wasn't getting better I've been put on mebeverine and Apercap 3 times a day every day for 3 weeks and then back to see how I'm doing, they seemed to be helping a bit until my period came yesterday! Sat on the floor at work close to crying I actually thought I was going to pass out from the pain, I've never experienced anything like it! I've been so worried there's something darker and much more sinister than IBS at play here (no doubt the anxiety caused from thinking I'm dying is making is so much worse) I'm sorry you're all suffering too but so glad to know I'm not alone. Worst thing I have a huge leg cast on right now so can't even lay in a hot bath until the pains go away which is my normal ritual! Back at the doctors in a week or so. Fingers crossed everythings ok. Just wish doctors knew more about IBS instead of just brushing me off like I'm an idiot everytime I'm back there about it!
—Guest Salulie

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