Stomach Discomfort in Menopause

Updated July 19, 2017

Menopause is hard time in a woman's life because of all the changes the body goes through. There are many symptoms of menopause, and not all women experience all of them. Stomach pain is one symptom that may occur.


Stomach pain during menopause is likely to be caused by digestive problems. When the digestive track isn't working properly, different kinds of stomach pains, such as cramps, gas and constipation can occur .


Menopause is broken into three stages: perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause. According, hormonal imbalance is the main cause of digestive problems during perimenopause.

Oestrogen and Cortisol

During menopause, digestive problems usually also are in response to a hormonal imbalance. Oestrogen affects the stress hormone cortisol that has a lot to do with digestion. Because a woman's body produces less oestrogen, the cortisol level rises and causes digestive problems.

Prior Problems

Women who have digestive problems prior to menopause are more likely to have severe symptoms. The Interstitial Network states patients suffering from interstitial cystitis, irritable bowel syndrome or endometriosis may experience worse symptoms as their hormones decrease during menopause.


Digestive problems can be treated by eating a healthy diet high in fibres and by drinking plenty of water.

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Rebecca Sundt began writing in 2009. She won first place in the Story Institute's 2009 Short Story Contest and has self-published two novels, "Class of ..." and "The Manuscript." Sundt received her Bachelor of Arts in writing from Ramapo College of New Jersey. She works as a manufacturing coordinator at John Wiley and Sons, Inc., in Hoboken, N.J.