Font Size

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Triggers (cont.)

Menstrual Triggers for IBS

Patient Comments

IBS is twice as common in women than in men, leading some IBS experts to believe hormonal fluctuations and changes might play a role in IBS. In addition many women with IBS report an increase in symptoms during and around their menstrual period.

Some cells in the digestive system are responsive to estrogen and progesterone. These hormones change during the menstrual cycle and could affect the digestive system.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/13/2014

Must Read Articles Related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Triggers

Constipation (Adults)
Constipation in Adults Constipation in adults refers to difficulty in passing stools or a decrease in the frequency of bowel movements. Causes of constipation in adults include a poor...learn more >>
Constipation in Children
Constipation in Children Constipation in children affects up to 10% of children at any given time. Causes of constipation in infants and children include a willfulness to avoid the toil...learn more >>
Dehydration (Adults)
Dehydration in Adults Dehydration occurs when the loss of body fluids (mostly water), exceeds the amount that is taken in. Causes of dehydration include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, di...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about IBS Triggers (Irritable Bowel Syndrome Triggers and Prevention):

IBS Triggers and Prevention - Diarrhea and Constipation

What foods trigger diarrhea or constipation with IBS, and what foods do you avoid to prevent IBS triggers?

IBS Triggers and Prevention - Stress and Anxiety

Do stress or anxiety trigger IBS symptoms for you? If so, what do you to decrease your stress or anxiety?

IBS Triggers and Prevention - Drugs

What medications (OTC or prescription) trigger IBS symptoms for you, and what medications do you avoid to prevent IBS triggers?

IBS Triggers and Prevention - Menstruation

What do you to help relieve IBS symptoms during menstruation?

IBS Triggers and Prevention - Other

What triggers worsen your IBS symptoms?

Medical Dictionary