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Progesterone: Effects on the Bowels During Menstruation

Published January 5, 2018

It’s not uncommon for women to experience constipation at some point in their monthly cycle, but it’s also not something they have to put up with. If you are wondering why constipation seems to hit around the same time each month, looking into the way your menstrual cycle works can give you the answers. Hormones drive the different stages of your monthly cycle, and a hormone called progesterone is likely the culprit behind this common symptom. Progesterone is an important hormone for preparing the uterus as a suitable environment for a fertilized egg. However, the hormone doubles as a muscle relaxant, which, due to the contractions needed for healthy bowel movements, can cause an uncomfortable back up in the intestines. Healthcare providers can guide you with helpful information to evade persistent constipation. Occasional constipation is more uncomfortable than it is serious, but it can most likely be avoided by making better health choices, like adjusting your diet, getting regular exercise, and staying hydrated. Read more…

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