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If you find yourself pushing too hard, stopped up, clogged, unable to go (or whatever you like to call it), it may be a by-product of menopause. When going gets tough, the tough can’t always get going. I think it’s constipation, but I’m not sure.

What is the definition, exactly?Constipation is common in menopause. It is typically defined as being unable to have more than three complete bowel movements within a week.

Constipation is considered chronic if. Menopause constipation is the result of these hormones inhibiting the contraction of your colon muscles. (Other menopause-related symptoms include heartburn, bloating, vomiting, lactose intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome, and even diarrhea.). Sometimes, constipation leading into menopause is not due to hormonal influences, but to medicines a woman may be taking.

If that is so, work with your doctor to address the issue and find possible replacements. What Will Help You With Constipation After Menopause? The Short Answer from a gastroenterologist It’s very common in the post-menopausal or in the peri-menopausal period for a person to develop constipation.

Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Some medications prescribed for the symptoms of menopause, such as vitamin supplements or sleep aids, might have constipation as a side effect. According to Menopause Insight, constipation is associated with having less than three stools per week, the presence of hard stools and straining or difficulty while having a bowel movement. Now, a lot of people don’t actually take constipation seriously, but it can have a profound effect on our health. And in the menopause, that can actually affect our menopause symptoms.

It can make some of them worse, and it can actually trigger new menopause symptoms. Constipation. During perimenopause and menopause, the gastrointestinal tract slows down, which contributes to constipation, and constipation may cause hormonal imbalances 1.Author Dawn M. Olsen, founder of the Menopause A to Z website, explains if a woman going through menopause is also dealing with stress, constipation and indigestion can worsen, especially if she overeats, eats certain foods.

Women who are going through menopause may experience constipation at the beginning, middle or final stages of menopause. In whatever stage it shows up, constipation for women in menopause generally has the following signs and symptoms: Fewer or infrequent bowel movements Harder, drier and smaller stools that tend to be difficult to pass out. If you eat a healthy diet and take hefty calcium supplements of more than 1,000 mg per day because you know bone density declines after menopause, you may be getting too much of a.

List of related literature:

The time I came closest to experiencing any symptoms of menopause is when I was in India for a few years studying at the ashram and had no access to brown rice or any unrefined grains.

“Women's Power to Heal: Through Inner Medicine” by Maya Tiwari
from Women’s Power to Heal: Through Inner Medicine
by Maya Tiwari
Mother Om Media, 2007

Even after menopause, these tension patterns may cause her to experience difficulty with digestion, constipation, pelvic or abdominal pain, and diminished vitality.

“Wild Feminine: Finding Power, Spirit & Joy in the Female Body” by Tami Lynn Kent
from Wild Feminine: Finding Power, Spirit & Joy in the Female Body
by Tami Lynn Kent
Atria Books/Beyond Words, 2011

These include intermittent abdominal crampy pain, rectal or pelvic pain, cyclical rectal bleeding, tenesmus, constipation (especially with menses), decreased stool caliber, bloating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and even bleeding from an umbilical nodule during menses (17).

“Principles and Practice of Surgery for the Colon, Rectum, and Anus” by Philip H. Gordon, Santhat Nivatvongs
from Principles and Practice of Surgery for the Colon, Rectum, and Anus
by Philip H. Gordon, Santhat Nivatvongs
CRC Press, 2007

Fortunately, for most women the symptoms often pass as you move into menopause and beyond.

“Menopause For Dummies” by Marcia L. Jones, Theresa Eichenwald, Nancy W. Hall
from Menopause For Dummies
by Marcia L. Jones, Theresa Eichenwald, Nancy W. Hall
Wiley, 2011

“As a middle aged baby boomer entering menopause, I have been surprised to have my menstrual cycle return immediately after a few of the cleanses, suggesting that the premature onset of menopause, in my case, may have been accelerated because of a congested liver and colon.

“The Amazing Liver & Gallbladder Flush: A Powerful Do-It-Yourself Tool To Optimize Your Health and Wellbeing” by Andreas Moritz
from The Amazing Liver & Gallbladder Flush: A Powerful Do-It-Yourself Tool To Optimize Your Health and Wellbeing
by Andreas Moritz
Ener-chi Wellness Press, 2007

Many patients with chronic pelvic dysfunction/pain also have complaints of bowel dysfunction such as bloating, constipation, flatulence, and irritability.

“The Overactive Pelvic Floor” by Anna Padoa, Talli Y. Rosenbaum
from The Overactive Pelvic Floor
by Anna Padoa, Talli Y. Rosenbaum
Springer International Publishing, 2015

Relative to what I had already lived through, menopause was not a stressful time, but I certainly had a lot of bothersome symptoms.”

“Screaming to be Heard: Hormonal Connections Women Suspect... and Doctors Still Ignore” by D. Lee D. Vliet
from Screaming to be Heard: Hormonal Connections Women Suspect… and Doctors Still Ignore
by D. Lee D. Vliet
M. Evans, 2005

On the bright side, you should know that when your hormones go on holiday around menopause, you will not be so affected by IBS.

“IBS For Dummies” by Carolyn Dean, L. Christine Wheeler
from IBS For Dummies
by Carolyn Dean, L. Christine Wheeler
Wiley, 2011

I know I am in menopause, and all five doctors told me that that’s the cause of my problems.

“How Doctors Think” by Jerome Groopman
from How Doctors Think
by Jerome Groopman
HMH Books, 2008

I have not so far said anything about my own experience of menopause, but here, at the end of my book, is perhaps the place for it.

“The Slow Moon Climbs: The Science, History, and Meaning of Menopause” by Susan Mattern
from The Slow Moon Climbs: The Science, History, and Meaning of Menopause
by Susan Mattern
Princeton University Press, 2019

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  • I want to stay on HRT forever. I need to keep my quality of life. I changed the way I eat, exercise daily including strength training. I have borderline traits and I’m scared of what will come out of my mouth!?!? I’m 61 just starting perimenopause because my HRT was reduced. I have to get a hip replacement due to OA and can’t sleep from pain and nightmares (they don’t mention that issue!!!). Can’t take anymore meds/supplements I’m on them all. I’m having ‘microflashes’ 24/7. I hate my life.

  • Why do we women get all this issues while guys are just getting nothing really!!! Tell me again why women need men?? Oh yes, reproducing… Wonk wonk… lol

  • Keep in mind, it’s not all doom and gloom. I went through menopause already and sailed through without ONE symptom. If your mom is still around, ask her what her experiences were, as these symptoms are highly hereditary from what I understand. Anyway, don’t just assume it’s going to be terribly difficult because it may not be! And by the way, not having your period is the best thing EVER! lol

  • Sex activities???? I haven’t had a orgasm in like a year sweetheart, I need to try a new shower head and a back massager on high speed frfr bc I need to have a orgasm

  • I’m 53 and my doctor said I’m in the latter side of perimenopause. Doctor just told me to take estroven for nightsweats. Still get my period and awful night sweats. I went on lexapro to help with crippling anxiety. Helps so much ‼️

  • Once you’re menopausal, you’re menopausal for the rest of your life. My goals to make the rest of your life the best of your life. I’m passionate about this topic, and. I started my treatment with Planet Ayurveda. I took “Menopause Care Pack” for an ayurvedic and natural solution to face problems in menopause.

  • So I do have bowel movements once or twice in a day, but I simply can’t empty out my intestine because I’m defecating really less. I don’t really know how to fix this problem however my diet and walking seems just fine honestly can you possibly tell me what’s wrong?

  • I honestly feel so bad for woman that go through this. Like everything is off balance and as a person that’s experienced a parent going through this, it just makes your mood so off.

  • I’m 53 and every time I skip a period I get really awful cramps for weeks. It’s like my uterus is trying to contract but nothing is coming out. Been cramping for two weeks now.

  • How do you determine if it is perimenopause? I have gone to the doctor for my symptoms, I am 41 and started to feel a lot of anxiety, chest pain, heart palpitations, hair loss, and body burning sensation mainly. Are these perimenopause symptoms? I had never experienced anything like this. Thank you

  • guys my advice is this don’t go to your PCPs or to your gynecologists. they are a total waste of time. try some herbal remedies like turmeric, parsley, thyme, sage, rosemary, black pepper, cumin seeds, eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies, tofu, and soy products, and cut out meat products and processed food and packaged cookies, cakes, pies and snacks from you diet. your body especially your uterus, ovaries, liver, bladder, kidneys, brain, etc. will thank you later on. believe me. and you can avoid going to the doctor.

  • Does Clegenatur Methods really work? I see many people keep on speaking about Clegenatur Methods. But Im uncertain if it’s good enough to have bigger and firmer breast naturally.

  • It is normal to gain weight in your 40’s or 50’s. You do not need to lose weight or cut calories. It is protective to have a little more weight as you age and your chances of surviving things such as a heart attack are better.

  • So… we have to go through puberty, which is hard, AND menopause, which is also hard? Aw, man. I’m going through puberty right now and do not want to have to deal with my body changing a lot again.

  • Symptoms I have or had:
    Hot flashes and Night sweatsat times so bad I had to stop working and sit for a minute at my job. Night timehaving the window open in 26F weather cause I can’t cool off.
    Periodsdon’t have one for months then have one for days. Spotting for weeks.
    Anxeitynever had attacks before. At times so bad you feel your heart is going to come out of your chest.
    Jointssore as hell in the morning. I sometimes take pain relievers when it is really bad.
    Weight GainHard to get the lbs off and I gained over 15 lbs. I weight lift heavy and do cardio 5 to 6 days a week1 1/2 to 2 hrs in the gym.
    I even eat less now. It still is hard to lose. I have exercised my entire life.
    She says exercise more? I can’t do more than I do plus work a physically demanding job for 9 to 12 hrs.
    I know exercise does help and no caffeine. I quit caffeine 3 years ago.
    My joints still hurt but not as bad. Still have my messed up periods. Hot flashes are mostly in the summer and when it’s too hot.
    Still working on the weight.

  • Hi Miss Bates

    Your audio is faded after 30 secs. I was really interested in what you had to say.

    Can you try and re-upload your film please.

    Any chance you could cover SAI (stratospheric aerosol injection) aka SRM (Solar Radiation Management). It is literally killing millions of pp each year, not to mention our planet & species. Causing artificial weather & climate damage. Fires, Tsunamis, Drouts, floods, etc.

    We are being poisoned, our planet contaminated, our water & lands poisoned too.

    Can you help let the pp know of this nefarious evil plan by the globalists.

    I know it sounds like a CT. But you have nothing to lose. You can communicate your findings and pp will believe you.

    Good luck and Thank you!

  • I’mm 45, my mom passed away last yr and I have no siblings so I have no one to talk to about this. Once in a while my period gets wonky but for the most part regular. one month it might be heavy another month normal. right now I’m on day 4 ofmy period and it’s still bright red when it’s normally almost gone, I’ve had this once or twice in the last year. I still have cramps too. I have small fibroids as well which was found 2 yrs ago & I had a whole round of testing at that time and everything else was normal. the net said it’s perimenopause. I don’t get night sweats, or mood swings, I do have insomnia. I have no clue what is wrong with me or what to expect. It sometimes scares me that something is wrong. It sounds like in perimenopause your period can go longer than normal? I have no clue what’s happening to my body & I wish my mom was here to tell me what’s going on or what to expect.

  • My shit worse, my appendix hurts they say is probably bc i haven’t gotten to the bathroom It feel so uncomfortable i feel like a sharp think pockin my appendix holy shiiititituriveusveisusveisvsusbsuse. euejeiene I NEED TO TAKE SHIATAT

  • My doctor basically said I just need to deal with it. Not cool. Peri menopause is miserable. I feel like I’m constantly pmsing. This is hell.

  • Thank you Doctor, very informative. Thank God I am feeling very well and normal, no hot flashes, sleeping well, feeling good in general.

  • So true I’m so tired of hearing that you’re not eating right I always eat right but if I’m in a stressful situation like in traveling Etc I get constipated right away

  • Hubby and I just watched this together. He is so supportive. He said “Wow” as everything fits me. I started to cry. I am definitely going through perimenopause. Thank you for helping us.

  • One thing no one mentions is heart palpitations, I went to the ER 3 times thinking I was having a heart attack and everything normal after having many tests, symptoms of rapid heart rate, blood pressure rise, nausea, light headedness, anemia and loss of appetite. I would still recommend getting checked if you have these symptoms but my end result was perimenopausal symptoms along with uterine fibroids, I’m really going through it smh

  • Thank you Margaret for this talk, I often watch the vids, and do appreciate the time and effort you obviously put in. Have a good day…

  • I went to the drs to give me advice about it, as I feel I’m on the start of it….the Dr didn’t take on board my symptoms, instead she just thought I was low…. I have all the symptoms, but not the sweats as yet… Bit annoyed that the Dr I saw didn’t really listen to me!

  • I have no interest in food whatsoever. Buying it, preparing it, touching it, smelling it, looking at it, cooking it and eating it.
    I can go days without eating, but I do try to eat at least once a day, that is if I remember to. It’s always an unpleasant experience. Ill take a couple of bites and I’m done.
    Ill get an urge to leave, without explaining myself, Ill take off in a fast pace and go for a walk, a speed walk to get the heck away from all the food and the people.

    My family is concerned, especially my husband of 23 years. Their concerns irritate me. Makes me want to disappear far away from all the nozy controlling people in my life.

    I want to be left alone and not be watched over, anolised and judged by others.

    I’m normally not like this. I use to like people a lot. Now, I can barley stand being around them.
    Besides my infant and toddler grandchildren, I have no interest in anything or anybody.

    Could it be the METAPAUSE that is causing this drastic change in me?

  • Im watching this while trying to take a shit, I use to go to the bathroom right after eating and now I can be really full and can’t go to the bathroom

  • Hello, very very informative video. My mother is 53 and she has been getting irregular periods, heavy periods, light periods, spotting and even skipping periods since the last 2-3 years.
    The last ultrasound we got was 5 months ago which was normal in the size of the ovaries, the length of the cervix etc. There was one small fibroid which the doctor said was not worrisome. She was given 21 day medicine after which her periods have become regular.

    It really worries me because she’s 53 and she’s still getting her periods every month along with spotting here and there. The pain in the pelvis and problems of constipation make the already cycles painful as well.

    Can you please tell me if this is normal perimenopausal symptom or of something else?