How Periods and Menopause Affect Your Gut Health?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms and digestion can be affected by hormones like estrogen and progesterone.

Estrogen and progesterone are likely produced by women's—organs attached to the uterus.

Your gut is one of the many parts of your body that are affected by these chemical messengers. Symptoms of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract can be brought on by changes in hormone levels, and stomach or intestinal conditions can also affect when your period occurs.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which causes constipation, diarrhea, gas, and bloating, can be exacerbated by hormone changes. You might anticipate experiencing these symptoms at various times during your period or when you begin menopause since changes influence them in your hormones.

Keep reading this blog to learn more about how hormones interact with the gut and how to alleviate your symptoms.

Gastrointestinal Fluctuating Symptoms Before and During Your Period
The levels of your hormones fluctuate between periods. Your progesterone levels rise one week before your period. Because it is a muscle relaxant, it can relax the colon and shorten the time it takes for food to travel through your intestines. As a result, you may experience bloating and constipation. Your estrogen levels may also drop just before your period, making it harder to digest food.

Your estrogen levels start to rise again after your period. Gastric motility, or the movement of food through your system, may increase due to these changes, which may cause your digestive tract to tense up. Diarrhea may result from this.

Depending on whether you get pregnant, use birth control, or are just getting older. Your period can look very different throughout your life. However, you will continue to experience this pattern of hormonal changes during your periods.