Ibs linked to Time of the month?

My IBS symptoms have changed drastically since coming off gluten, wheat and now especially since being on FODMAPS. However, I have always had issues starting 10 days before my period. It actually works out as day 14/15 of my monthly cycle that my tum will start playing up. Does anyone else have this? I had hoped FODMAPS would eliminate that but have been on FODMAPS for 2 months now and just started my 2nd monthly 10 day cycle and have pain very time I move.

I have been tested for endometriosis, celiac and had all the camera tests, but no one seems to listen when I say it is linked to my cycle.

As soon as my period starts the pain goes.

I have read of people having worse pains during their period but not in the previous 10 day period. Has anyone experienced this? Know what it is? How to alleviate the pains?

Any thoughts appreciated. Thanks.

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  • Check out John Hunter's book Irritable Bowel Solutions. He has a chapter on "The Menstrual Cycle and IBS". No simple answers, but clues.

  • Thanks Patv. Will see if I can get ahold of a copy.

  • just bought copy form Amazon

  • I have had this sort of experience.

    I wondered if it was something to do with increased congestion in the pelvis i.e fluid or tissue swelling?

  • I was much the same. The fodmap diet worked well until my period, and them I lost control and despite sticking up the allowed foods, my ibs was out of control. I really dread my period and the symptoms. It's not normal period bloat as it begins at my ribs. I feel like I'm pregnant, in a never ending pregnancy.

  • Yes I'm sure mine is linked very closely to my menstrual cycle. You may find this article helpful/interesting..

    aboutibs.org/site/signs-sym...

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