during periods, prostaglandins are released and they affect the colon by causing cramping, diarrhea or loose stool and frequency.
If you're flaring, the symptoms will be exacerbated by your period.
I do suggest you get on rectal meds, you're probably in the beginning of a flare.
I also second the probiotics. You might also consider a fibre supplement that can help bulk up a loose stool...
Welcome to the forum.
*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 !!!