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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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  • Sharon Farrelly's photo avatar
    Sharon Farrelly — 03.10.2017 11:54
    Hi, I am in menopause, I am 47 and for the last week been very bloated, have been doing lots of exercise to try to lose weight before hand, but have stopped as stomach bloated and I feel like I am going to have a period? Any advise


    • eileen's photo avatar
      eileen — 04.10.2017 10:12
      Hi Sharon Please can you let me know if your periods have stopped yet, thanks! You can answer me privately if you wish


  • Jean's photo avatar
    Jean — 04.08.2017 09:35
    I have been taking soy isoflavons and have recently started eating a lot of soya products as I have stopped dairy I have become very bloated could this be why?


    • eileen's photo avatar
      eileen — 04.08.2017 10:40
      Hi Jean Yes, more than likely! Whole soya foods such as soya milk can be really hard to digest so I would avoid them, I don't recommend these foods at all. However, soya supplements made with fermented soya (such as our Menopause Support) are usually OK, the soya in them has already been broken down by the fermentation process so shouldn't pose a problem.


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    JO — 24.07.2017 15:05
    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 07:48
      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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