Well, my periods are pretty bad, probably not typical. My symptoms last for approx. ten days--usually start w/bad headaches, fatigue, and increase the closer I get to my actual flow days. The first day of my actual period I feel like a truck has run over me, sometimes I cannot walk. The first day I have bad diarreha, increased blood and mucus, stomach pain and cramps. My flow days only last for 2-3 days b/c of the birth control pill and gets much better after that. The pill really helps me. The reason I know UC affects my menstral cycle is b/c I've had bad periods since I was a teenager, but when I was Dx w/UC they became almost unbearable. For all those wondering, as I said, I've explored hysterectomy option, herbal/supplements (primrose oil, flax seed oil, various "women's" formulas, wild yam cream, etc., etc....and acupuncture, relaxation, yoga, pilates, meditation, walking....AND still the same. But, on the bright side, I still do a lot of the physical stuff, when I'm able and take good herbs/supplements. I feel for having several chronic conditions, I'm in pretty good shape, physically I mean. Oh, I forgot the most important thing that gets me through all the bad days, pain medication (I wouldn't be able to funtion on those days without them).
Dx Ulcerative Colitis 1999; IBS; CP: Asacol x3 x3/day, Rowasa, Proctofoam, Prilosec, Bentyl, Prozac, Endocet (as needed), multi vit, probiotic, fish oil caps x2/day, calcium 1200 mg./day, Prednisone (off/on, unfortunately).