Bloating In Menopause

Many women experience bloating when they reach menopause and it is particularly common in women who had pre-menstrual bloating. When you're bloated, your abdomen feels tighter than normal, you may have increased flatulence and you may feel uncomfortable.

Why does menopause cause bloating?

Bloating is a common symptom of perimenopause, the stage leading up to menopause when levels of hormones change significantly. One of the functions of oestrogen is to control fluid levels in the body and as your oestrogen levels fall, you may find that your body holds on to more water, causing you to feel bloated. The amount of bile you produce may also change and this can result in flatulence. Bloating can be symptomatic of many underlying health problems and if you suffer with persistent bloating or you have abdominal pain or you notice changes in your bowel habits or abnormal vaginal bleeding, it's important to see your GP as soon as possible.

Treatments for bloating

Caring for your digestion system by eating a healthy and balanced diet and staying hydrated can help to reduce bloating and you may find that adapting your eating habits may help; some people find that they struggle with large or heavy meals and they prefer to eat smaller meals more frequently. Exercise can also be beneficial and it's really important to drink lots of water.

If bloating is affecting your day to day life, see your GP or ask a local pharmacist for advice; there are many over the counter remedies available, which help to settle the stomach and release wind comfortably and discreetly.

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