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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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  • Claire Reader 's photo avatar
    Claire Reader — 27.05.2018 12:37
    Hello, I have tried various hrt prescribed by GP. I get on well for 3 months and then bloating returns with pms symptoms including bad moods. Can I take the recommended Vogel menopause support. Also does anyone get blocked ears/ muffled ears when bloating returns? As I do! Which usually does go within a few days but now struggling for 3 weeks. Claire


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      Eileen — 29.05.2018 12:35
      Hi Claire Yes, you can take the Menopause Support, even with your HRT, if need be. There could be a link between bloating and your blocked ears, this is often to do with extra mucus production at this point, especially if constipation or sluggish bowels accompany the bloating. You may find a remedy called Lepicol (from most health shops) can ease this. Also remember to drink plenty of water every day. You could also add in Plantago as this is often recommended for blocked ears, I would suggest taking for a couple of months.


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    Jackie — 04.04.2018 01:09
    I am 57yrs old and I went through menopause 10 yrs ago. Along with multiple PMS symptoms since my periods ended, the bloating is brutal. Through the years I've managed to bloat up to where now I look about 8mos pregnant. Seriously, I've ONLY gained weight between my upper chest and to my hips. I waddle like I'm pregnant, I have to walk like this because of where and how the weight is distributed. I've never been soooo uncomfortable in my skin. It's gross. Plus, when I walk I have a deep pain in my right upper, inner thigh, sorta like the pain you get when your getting ready to start any minute. My breasts are HUGE and it's uncomfortable even wearing a bra. I hardly eat so what's the problem?


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      eileen — 05.04.2018 15:13
      HI Jackie Bloating like this can be caused by a number of factors such as digestive problems (very common in the menopause), PCOS, fibroids or even a pelvic prolapse so it is really important that you see your doctor. They can do a physical examination or get scans done to see exactly what is going on. Weight gain around the middle is often caused by adrenal stress so it may be an idea to see a Nutritional Therapist who can formulate a personalised treatment plan and specific diet for your situation. See www.BANT for a local practitioner.


    • Jackie may's photo avatar
      Jackie may — 19.04.2018 20:17
      I was ok with my eating till I was put on hrt do i need to see my Doctor about this as I am getting worried now


    • eileen's photo avatar
      eileen — 20.04.2018 09:24
      Hi Jackie Yes, it is best too, this may be a side effect of the HRT so your doctor should be informed. They may be able to swap you on to one that is better for you.


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