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   Posted 8/7/2013 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

I wanted to ask about perimenopause and digestive issues related or nonrelated to UC. I'm 46 and have been having short but heavy cycles for several years, which got even shorter this past year (every 23 days, with menstrual migraines to boot-- delightful!). This past month, however, I had my first totally anovulatory cycle, which lasted 35 days and ended with a 3-day period. Had to say, in one way I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. But I did also experience a lot of unprecedented nausea and lately have found my bathroom trips increasing, though no other UC symptoms. Some online reading suggested many women without UC find they have d., nausea, more poops etc. during this time due to the hormone swings. Has anyone else experienced this? I've been in remission for awhile, and would like to think this might just be hormonal rather than the start of new UC problems.


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   Posted 8/7/2013 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm 43 but I actually started menopause in my late 30's. my cycle was majorly whacked out and extremely painful so I opted to have an endometrial ablation. But before I had the ablation done, my UC symptoms would kick up like crazy, headaches galore but I never had nausea. Oh and the hot flashes were horrible ech!
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   Posted 8/8/2013 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I am definitely in perimenopause because my periods are totally out of whack. For a while they were coming more frequently but lasted a shorter time... now they are coming further apart but lasting regular number of days. I skipped a few altogether. I was reading my mother's medical records and she reached menopause at age 48 so I am right on track.

I would notice increased UC-ish symptoms back when I was having regular periods. But I have not noticed anything such as nausea or more bathroom trips at this time. I do notice it's a lot harder to lose weight. :(
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   Posted 8/8/2013 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm 39, and I have always had bathroom symptoms during my period even before developing UC (frequency, loose stools). Since UC, my period sends my symptoms into a tailspin. My doc said it is due to the hormone fluctuations. If you have been in remission and only seem to experience changes during your period, it is probably a safe bet to say it's your hormones. Good luck!

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   Posted 8/8/2013 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm in perimenapause now and my whole system is whacked out.

Currently, I am taking Black Cohosh and Natures Bounty menapause herbs (they make a morning and night pill).
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Lialda - once a day
VSL#3 DS - 1/2 pack a day
Zocor - 40 mg
Boniva - once a month
Calcium with Vitamin D
Herbs -
Valerian - when needed for sleep
St. John's Wort, Black Cohosh, wheat grass

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   Posted 8/8/2013 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I have read and doctor confirmed that menstruation hormones do make the symptoms worse. Another study showed that women with crohns/UC on average go through menopause 4 years earlier than their non-IBD counterparts. I consider that a blessing; I have been chronically anemic my entire time with UC periods (when I had them- during bad flares and weight loss I did not) just totally wiped me out. Glad not to have them anymore!
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was on Asacol just switched to Apriso
and 50 mg Imuran
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have been on prednisone, Rowasa and hydrocortisone enemas
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   Posted 8/8/2013 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 54 and still cycle once or twice a year. I've had UC since I was in my early 30's but noticed it def gets worse when my hormones fluctuate. It was really bad right after I had my son. Now going through menopause I've been flaring since February. I'm hoping once my hormones normal out so will my UC. I haven't tried hormone replacement drugs but wonder if they would help? Good Luck to you!

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   Posted 8/8/2013 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
My big M finalized at age 55. The official line is that you can't be sure it's for real 'til 12 months pass w/o any periods. I wasn't too bothered during peri stage-- except by night sweats. (Which can also plague UCers!) Seems to me that being rid of the monthly hormonal fluctuations does help to calm the gut overall, TG. / Old Hat (32 yrs with left-sided UC; presently in remission taking brandname Colazal)
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