How common is diarrhea during menstruation?
Most women experience diarrhea during menstruation before or during their periods. For some, it can actually be a relief, but most of the time, it is inconvenient.
With the cramps and the bloating, how can it even get any worse? There’s no exact reason why this happens but it is believed that it is related to the prostaglandin hormones that are released prior to your period.
What are the symptoms of diarrhea during menstruation?
Diarrhea during menstruation and the severity of the symptoms are definitely connected. Many women actually feel that the symptoms worsen during menstruation since this when the body is more reactive to food.
Aside from IBS or irritable bowel syndrome, you’ll also feel the following signs:
- Back ache
- Painful cramps
- Abdominal pain
- Water retention
Diarrhea could also be a symptom that your period is coming as there are cases when women develop loose bowel movement days after ovulation.
When should I see my doctor?
Diarrhea during menstruation shouldn’t be a general concern, but if it’s complemented by intense pain that’s worse than menstrual cramps, then you should see a doctor immediately.
For most cases, pain relief medication can ease your cramps. When the pain becomes too much, this could be a sign of endometriosis. Gastroenteritis (viral or bacterial) and amoebiasis should also be ruled out.
For the most part, you may only need to alter your lifestyle to prevent uncontrollable diarrhea during menstruation.