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.
If you have Crohn's disease, you probably have found that certain foods trigger your intestinal symptoms, especially when the disease flares. Learning to avoid these food triggers may allow you to self-manage your Crohn's disease, reduce gastrointestinal symptoms, and promote intestinal healing.