Ep35: Endometriosis, IBS, and Digestive Problems. Part 1

Updated 1/2024. A high majority of endometriosis patients – including ones without bowel endometriosis – present with digestive problems, such as diarrhea, constipation, nausea, intestinal cramping, pain, and bloating. Some of us have digestive symptoms only during our period, but many of us have them all month long! In this episode, we explore some reasons why we might have digestive problems with endometriosis. In the next episode we’ll talk about some tips and solutions for these different causes.

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Constipation, SIBO & Other GI Issues Can Be A Red Flag For This Condition – This article has an except from the book Beating Endo, by Drs Iris Orbuch and Amy Stein. However, prior to the excerpt, the definition of endo is wrong, so keep that in mind.

–Yuan M, Li D, Zhang Z, Sun H, An M, Wang G. Endometriosis induces gut microbiota alterations in mice. Hum Reprod. 2018 Apr 1;33(4):607-616. doi: 10.1093/humrep/dex372. PMID: 29462324.

–Mathias JR, Franklin R, Quast DC, Fraga N, Loftin CA, Yates L, Harrison V. Relation of endometriosis and neuromuscular disease of the gastrointestinal tract: new insights. Fertil Steril. 1998 Jul;70(1):81-8. doi: 10.1016/s0015-0282(98)00096-x. PMID: 9660426.

–Endo Belly – Vital Health Endometriosis Center blog post.

Endometriosis and Gastrointestinal symptoms – Article by Dr. Iris Orbuch, co-author of Beating Endo.