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.
The term inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) describes a group of disorders in which the intestines become inflamed. The likeliest cause is an immune reaction the body has against its own intestinal tissue.
Two major types of IBD are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Ulcerative colitis is limited to the colon or large intestine. Crohn's disease, on the other hand, can involve any part of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. Most commonly, though, it affects the small intestine...