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Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Menstruation

Can inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affect my monthly period?

Yes. Many women with active IBD have irregular periods. When the disease goes into remission, regular periods sometimes return. No one knows for sure why. But inflammation does affect the hormones that cause periods. Nutritional problems may also interfere with the monthly cycle of women with IBD.

Some women with IBD tend to feel worse right before and during their menstrual periods than at other times. Diarrhea, abdominal pain, exhaustion and other symptoms are often more severe during these times. It is important for women and their doctors to keep track of these monthly changes in symptoms. This will prevent over-treating the disease.

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Crohn’s Disease: Staying at a Healthy Weight

Crohn's disease can make it hard to keep your weight healthy and get the nutrients you need. But it's possible. The inflammation linked to Crohn’s can give you nausea and diarrhea, as well as curb your appetite. As a result, you may eat less, making it harder to keep weight on.  Some Crohn's medicines may also affect your weight. Corticosteroids such as prednisone can cause temporary weight gain. If that bothers you, talk with your doctor.

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