Hi..welcome to the forum,
I would say in part hormone fluctuations will have a role in your flare.
I would suggest you request retention enemas from the GI...Rowasa if you're in the US.
Your clean house wouldn't have anything to do with getting it.
Smoking can keep symptoms down, so it's possible that you're seeing them now that you're not smoking any longer. I wouldn't suggest you start, however.
What symptoms are you having at this time?
Where in the colon is your UC? Throughout or limited?
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!