Diarrhea before menstrual cycle

Do you have diarrhea almost every month? If you are having diarrhea for fourteen days or less, it’s highly likely that the cause is linked to an infection, a new medication, stress, a certain item in your diet, running, or menstruation. In this article we will look at how diarrhea is linked to menstruation. Keep reading to find out why you might have diarrhea before menstrual cycle.


The most common stress and pain causing factors during and before menses are bloating, acne, nausea, headaches, backaches. These are accompanied by emotional issues such as food carvings, mood swings, low tolerance levels, irritability, and reduced concentration.

Diarrhea is also one of the common symptoms and problems for most women. When you have abdominal problems such as diarrhea, bloating, and constipation, they will help to cause bouts of pain during menstruation.

Diarrhea before Menstrual Cycle

Your hormones play a vital part during monthly menstruation as the estrogen and progesterone levels increase to trigger the discharge of chemicals from the uterus lining cells.

These chemicals are prostaglandins, which are hormone-like compound, that cause the uterus muscles contract and the lining to shed. When the cells in the uterus lining produce more prostaglandins than needed, the contractions will become stronger and painful.

The excessive amount of prostaglandins causes it to circulate throughout the blood stream. Once this blood gets to other organs the prostaglandins ability to simulate smoother muscle contraction will affect the intestines and digestive tract.

Smooth muscles line the bowels in the body, so the effects of prostaglandins will cause the bowels and intestines to contract. This in turn triggers the bowels to release their substance and eventually leads to diarrhea [1].

Here are some tips to get relief from diarrhea

Diarrhea before the monthly period is basically caused by hormone changes as well as the release of some hormone-like substances.

In addition, studies show that women with Irritable Bowel Syndrome are more likely to experience diarrhea before and during periods. There are several home remedies that you can use to deal with diarrhea.

These include keeping your body hydrated, eating foods with a lot of beneficial bacteria (including yogurt and various other related items), and maintaining a fiber rich diet.

If you have moderate diarrhea, you can treat it at home with moderate exercise, adequate rest, as well as a heating pad that can help to relieve pain and cramps. In addition to those things, you can take drugs for diarrhea symptoms. You should consult your doctor to get the right treatment for severe cases.

Hopefully, this information will help you to know more about diarrhea before menstrual cycle. You should take a little extra care and follow the simple tips above to get relief from the symptoms.


  1. Can Your Period Change Your Bathroom Habits? By Diana Rodriguez Medically Reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/diarrhea-and-your-period
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