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Bloating and the menopause

Bloating is a feeling of tightness in the abdomen, experienced frequently by those going through the menopause

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  • JO's photo avatar
    JO — 24.07.2017 17:05
    Hi, I haven't had a period since March. I am 45, my doctor has done bloods and i have had a scan on my ovaries, all normal. I am hugely bloated, its persistent and is getting worse, i feel pregnant and have had a lot of symptoms however all HPT are negative. My doc has put it down to menopause and told me to go back when I haven't had a period for two years!! I'm struggling with the weight gain, bloating and lack of energy, it feels out of control, i don;t want to leave the house. Advice on supplements would be gratefully received. I am generally pretty active however since April have not had much energy, I do walk a lot and eat (i think) pretty healthily. Many thanks


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      eileen — 26.07.2017 09:48
      Hi Jo Bloating is very common in the menopause and can be caused by several factors. Falling levels of oestrogen can affect the digestive process, causing bloating. Falling oestrogen levels can also have an effect on carbohydrate metabolism, making it more difficult to digest starches and sugars, and this can often lead to bloating. You may find a combination of Molkosan and a good probiotic can help. Try to avoid white bread, pasta, cakes, biscuits and also white rice if you don't already. If your bowel isn't moving at least once per day (preferably twice) then this can contribute to bloating too. Remember to drink plenty of water as dehydration can make this worse! You may also find cutting the carbs right down can help with weight control as the falling hormones can interfere with your blood sugar control leading to quicker weight gain and then being unable to lose the weight. You can check out books on the Low GL Diet, the Paleo Diet (or similar) or the SIRT Diet. Fatigue is really common too, basically the hormonal changes can really drain you of energy and this is your body's way of saying you need to rest to allow the body to re-energise and re-balance. Getting lots of rest and relaxation is vital! If you don't feel like exercising then don't force yourself as this will tire you out even more but just try to keep generally active every day and you can step up your exercising when your energy returns.


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    Elizabeth — 22.07.2017 09:57
    What is the best way to treat bloating


    • eileen's photo avatar
      eileen — 24.07.2017 12:32
      Hi Elizabeth Please check out my video blog on this for more info on bloating.


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    Deb — 14.07.2017 12:59
    I am 54 and had a break of 7 months without a period and now had 3 on the trot as normal. I have been suffering with tummy pains most days for the last couple of months feeling bloated and very windy! My Dr is going to send me for some tests but they wont be for many weeks so have turned to you for advice...could this be hormonal please.. can you have pain with bloating? Many thanks


    • eileen's photo avatar
      eileen — 14.07.2017 15:15
      Hi Deb Good to hear that your doctor is looking into things for you. Digestive problems are very common in the menopause, falling oestrogen can affect both stomach function and slow everything down which can result in bloating, wind, cramping and constipation! I would suggest Milk Thistle Complex to help with liver function which will affect the bloating. I would also recommend a good, general probiotic. Some women also find cutting out carbohydrate and high sugar foods can be helpful as these can bloat you very quickly. Remember to drink lots of plain water throughout the day as dehydration can be a big factor too! Do let me know how you get on.


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