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’ve been living with pain and diarrhea from Crohn’s disease, you may wonder what it would take to be free of symptoms. This can happen -- it’s called remission, and it’s the goal of all the treatments you take.