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Does menopause affect irritable bowel syndrome?

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Your sex hormone levels also drop with "the change," but it’s unclear how this affects IBS. In some women, IBS improves after menopause, when these hormonal changes stop. On the other hand, more than a third of menopausal women in one recent study reported IBS-type symptoms, like gas and heartburn. Experts say that they need more research on the topic.

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National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders: “Hormones and IBS.”  

Patricia Raymond, MD, associate professor of clinical internal medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School; spokesperson, American College of Gastroenterology.

Richard Benya, MD, gastroenterologist; professor of medicine, Loyola University Medical School.

Mulak, A. World Journal of Gastroenterology, March 2014.

Bharadwaj, S. Gastroenterology Report, March 2015.

Chen, T.  American Journal of Physiology, January 1995.

Heitkemper, M. Gender Medicine, supplemental issue, 2009.

Chang, L. The American Journal of Gastroenterology, December 2001.  

Cleveland Clinic Foundation: “Menstrual Cycle.”

Olafsdottir, L. Gastroenterology Research and Practice, December 2011.

Triadafilopoulos, G. Women Health, 1998.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 15, 2019

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders: “Hormones and IBS.”  

Patricia Raymond, MD, associate professor of clinical internal medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School; spokesperson, American College of Gastroenterology.

Richard Benya, MD, gastroenterologist; professor of medicine, Loyola University Medical School.

Mulak, A. World Journal of Gastroenterology, March 2014.

Bharadwaj, S. Gastroenterology Report, March 2015.

Chen, T.  American Journal of Physiology, January 1995.

Heitkemper, M. Gender Medicine, supplemental issue, 2009.

Chang, L. The American Journal of Gastroenterology, December 2001.  

Cleveland Clinic Foundation: “Menstrual Cycle.”

Olafsdottir, L. Gastroenterology Research and Practice, December 2011.

Triadafilopoulos, G. Women Health, 1998.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 15, 2019

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