It's dang female hormones!
Let me explain. About 3-4 years ago, I was in constant pain with IBS-C (major bloating, tummy pain and C). Then several years ago, this all gradually got better, until it just disappeared. I mean I could eat anything (even raw broccoli without a problem). This always puzzled me, as to why I had such a big IBS problem and then it went away.)
Fast forward to recently.....I started having menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, insomnia, painful intercourse.) I went to the ob/gyn who tested my hormones and said, to my surprise, that I was almost finished with menopause!!!
So she says, "We can easily fix this!" And she gives me a birth control pill, Yaz, to take. Well, I started the pills on Monday. The first couple of days, I had loose bowels and lots of rumbling in my tummy. By mid-week, I had full-fledged IBS AGAIN!!!! (constant tummy pain, major bloating, hard belly, and C).
I was reading online last night that when women approach menopause, and thus their hormones reduce, they experience improvement (if not, disappearance) of their IBS symptoms.
So this is why my IBS went away in the past several years? And why, now with the pumping of hormones into my system, it has returned with a venegance?
Needless to say, I have discontinued the pills. This IBS problem better go away as the hormones get out of my system! I'm not going down this road again! Not with hot flashes too!
There is not much research being done on the affect of hormones on IBS. Guess this explains why many more women than men have IBS.
Sorry, but I just needed to vent!