Girls !!!Does CD alter your periods??

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   Posted 10/6/2007 3:39 AM (GMT -7)   
confused  I am newly diagnosed with CD, and when in hospital at the same time as the dx my period started! but the unusual thing is that it is lasting a lot longer than it ever has done before! I am puzzled really, or is this quite normal with CD??

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   Posted 10/6/2007 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   

I'm newly diagnosed too, but for a while have had markedly increased D and cramping during my periods. During my recent flare it was very intense. My GI says this is normal for CD, but I do not have longer cycles because of it. (I am starting menopause and having some cycle changes because of that, but not CD related I think.)

Good luck getting some answers -- it will be interesting to see if your next period is altered too. Maybe just the stress of diagnosis, hospital affected this one cycle. I think it's so funny how doctors really know very little about "female problems." That part of our bodies still seems like a medical mystery!
44 years old, newly diagnosed after an 8-day hospitalization in September 2007 but symptoms for several years before that.
Taking Pentasa, Prednisone (tapering), Cipro, Prilosec, probiotics, calcium and a multi-vitamin -- also Levoxyl for hypothyroid (Dx 2004)
Gall bladder surgery in 1997.
Single working mom to three wonderful kids, ages 9 to 15.

So appreciative to have this forum -- it's all new to me!

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   Posted 10/6/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hormones definintely play their role with CD...the most common thing with having your periods once you have crohns is that during your periods it can exacerbate your CD symptoms, more frequency, more pain, and looser stools (unless you already have nothing but D).

Periods in general can change every so often likely even if you don't have CD, but it's good to discuss any changes with your doc.

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

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   Posted 10/6/2007 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I have noticed that the bloating, cramps and diarrhea really increase when I have my period because of the CD. But I am anemic so my periods are very light and only last about 3 days, unlike yours which are very heavy. Hang in there girl!

DX with CD March 2006
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