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Watch For These 4 Causes of Diarrhea In Menopause

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Each year, an estimated 3 million women in the United States experience menopausal transition (MT). 1 Hot flashes, depression, vaginal dryness, and sleep difficulties are just a few of the symptoms that some women face as a result of the MT's fluctuating hormone levels.

Explosive diarrhea and menopause are commonly linked, and although studies[1] disagree on whether menopause causes diarrhea directly, there is little doubt that variables present during the menopausal transition contribute to gastrointestinal problems including diarrhea.

Hormonal imbalance

The rate at which food passes through the intestines might be affected by hormonal fluctuations or imbalances. A fluctuation in hormone levels might cause food to flow through the intestines faster than usual, causing diarrhea, nausea, and stomach pain.


Both age and being in the late stages of pregnancy were linked to less severe diarrhea. There was a statistically significant link between increasing diarrhea severity and all three stress-related feelings (tension, anxiety, and perceived stress. Age was found to be associated with decreasing severity in a multivariate model, while stress was found to be associated with rising severity.


In IBS and other gut diseases, stress is a common trigger for increased symptom intensity, including menopause diarrhea and cramping. It's no surprise, then, that women in the MT and early PM stages who experienced greater stress-related symptoms like tension and anxiety also had more severe diarrhea.

Pelvic floor weakness

Due to pelvic floor dysfunction and a weakened pelvic floor, postmenopausal women may be more prone to incontinence, diarrhea, and constipation. The muscles, ligaments, connective tissues, and nerves that support the bladder, uterus, cervix, vagina, and rectum, as well as hold and aid these structures function, play a significant part in bowel movements.

From your tailbone in the back to your pubic bone in the front, and from one hip to the other side to side, your pelvic floor muscles extend. They bounce up and down, supporting your internal organs like a trampoline.

Normally, when you go to the bathroom, your pelvic floor muscles tense and relax in a coordinated manner. Your body tightens these muscles instead of relaxing them when you have pelvic floor dysfunction.

Women are more likely to develop a weak pelvic floor as a result of pregnancy and childbirth. As people get older, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction becomes increasingly common.

Check Your Levels

Work with your health and wellness team to learn more about your body and your risk of developing high blood pressure. If you’re feeling unexplained diarrhea at menopause, your holistic healthcare team will perform tests to ensure that all of your systems are functioning properly. Modern testing is a safe and useful tool that provides your doctor with data on your levels that can become the root causes of conditions that may disrupt your lifestyle in the future.

While there is a link between low estrogen and gastrointestinal distress such as diarrhea, hormonal imbalances and fluctuations are also responsible for other unpleasant symptoms like brain fog and high blood pressure, both of which can indicate more serious conditions.

Because Health provides accurate testing for imbalances in progesterone, estrogen, FSH and LH. We offer white glove phlebotomy service for specimen collection at home, or you can visit one of our welcoming longevity centers for an on-site test.

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