Hormones & IBS

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IBSBUMMER
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   Posted 11/7/2007 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,
 
Has anyone ever heard of hormonal problems contributing to the symptoms of IBS.  It seems like after I had my son 8 years ago my "IBS" got worse.  I had over 2 years of being symptom free and about 6 months after I had my son it came back in full force.  I have not had my period since July and my OB just had me get blood work done yesterday and I got to thinking about that and the IBS.  I am one of those that is confinded to my house because I am afraid to go out.  It has been 15 years like this (with a 2 years break)  I would love to live again.  I am 35 and would love to go out to eat with my husband and son at a normal restaurant more then 1 mile from my house!!!  Any ideas. 

Keriamon
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   Posted 11/7/2007 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, yes, hormones definitely affect IBS. Hormones aren't just for the reproductive organs; they also run the entire body, including the intestinal tract.

Many women have had their IBS symptoms shift when they get pregnant or afterwards; sometimes IBS shows up for the first time after giving birth. Most all of the women on here have worse problems around their periods. Some birth control actually makes the symptoms worse at any any given time, while some types of BC seem to have no affect, or even make it better. What is good or bad, however, will largely depend on you (although several people switched to the Nova Ring--I think it's called--when they found that their pill BC was making their symptoms worse).

Easta
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   Posted 11/7/2007 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Interesting to learn that hormones can affect intestinal workings. I am wondering if menopause can exacerbate the condition of IBS. I am 51 and experiencing a few weird sensations just recently. I suppose the balance of hormones in the body is very delicate and any shift in them may well result in "knock on" effects.

pb4
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   Posted 11/7/2007 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
It sure does a number on my crohns disease as well, hormones definitely play a role with IBS and IBD symptoms.

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IBSBUMMER
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   Posted 11/7/2007 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
They are telling me that it is possible I am going thru early menopause, due to the symptoms I am having. Either that or PCOS. Is it possible once the hormone situation gets fixed that the IBS will go away???

pb4
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   Posted 11/7/2007 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I don't know about that, my sister has IBS and has already been going through menopause, she hasn't had her period in aprox 4 yrs now.

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My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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