Posted 7/5/2016 11:13 AM (GMT -6)
Hi all, I am new to any type of crohn's forum usage but am at the point where I need some help. I'm 24, and had crohn's for about 15 years. I can't say I was ever healthy enough to know exactly what would trigger my flares or what wasn't because I was so sick for a great part of my life, on and off meds and trying different diets. I'm finally at a point where my medication seems to have a pretty good grasp on the disease and the "norm" is when I am not sick.
Here's my big Q that I wonder if any other's have experienced, specifically any other women with CD. Without fail, EVERY MONTH my period will trigger a flare. Maybe has to do with the hormone fluctuations? But my body will become completely inflamed and I will flare for a full week and then take another week or so to get back to "normal". My doctor is talking about having me use Pred every month just to combat it. But I have to use Pred enough to combat other bad flares and coming on and off it all the time is just too much for my mental state to handle.
My thinking is I need to find a good OB-GYN but that has knowledge of IBD and how everything is working together. I'm not currently on hormonal BC because honestly I was trying to keep my meds down to a minimum. But maybe there would be one that would help regulate the hormone swings that are causing flares?
So my main questions for the female CD community out there is 1: Have any of you noticed a direct correlation with your periods and flaring? And if so, have you found anything that helps?
And 2: How to go about finding an ob-gyn that will be knowledgable in the IBD field as well.
Thanks in advance.