Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Triggers (cont.)
5. Menstrual Triggers for IBS
Studies show that women with IBS tend to have worse symptoms during their
periods. There's not a lot of information about preventing this type of trigger,
but doctors may recommend certain strategies to ease pain and discomfort
- Oral contraceptives. Some brand names are
Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Lo/Ovral, and
Alesse. These drugs can regularize periods. Side effects may include upset
stomach, vomiting, stomach cramps or bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Work
with your doctor to find a pill that works for you without causing side effects.
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) drugs. These include drugs also used
to treat depression, such as
Paxil CR, and
Zoloft. PMDD is a severe
form of PMS. These drugs adjust levels of serotonin, a brain chemical thought to
be out of balance during certain phases of a woman's cycle.
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