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Abdominal Pain & Menopause

Updated July 19, 2017

Menopause brings about a number of symptoms that affect a woman's life. Abdominal pain is one physical ailment that many women suffer during this time, including digestive problems, indigestion, gas and nausea.

Symptoms

Cramps, bloating, gas, constipation and diarrhoea are symptoms of digestive problems that frequently occur during menopause. A woman may also repeatedly feel like she has to go to the bathroom when she doesn't actually have to.

Cause

Hormonal imbalances cause the most problems during menopause. As the ovaries produce less oestrogen and progesterone, many functions of the body are thrown off-kilter. This includes the digestive process.

Effects

Cortisol, a hormone released by the adrenal gland which is affected by oestrogen, helps control the digestive process. Changing oestrogen levels may cause too much cortisol to be released, negatively affecting a woman's digestion and leading to stomach pain.

Treatment

Abdominal pain can be treated with lifestyle changes like eating the right foods and drinking plenty of water. Herbs and supplements may also be taken to even out hormone levels. More risky treatments include doctor-prescribed medication and surgery if abdominal pain is severe or long-lasting.

Considerations

Other symptoms of menopause can cause abdominal pain. Stress from weight gain, memory lapses and a decreased libido may also instigate stomach problems.

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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.