Your bowels and your hormones
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Constipation and Bloating
"Increasing your progesterone levels to the optimal range usually eliminates premenstrual bloating."
Can hormone levels cause constipation and/or bloating? It depends.
And what about bloating? If the bloating typically occurs prior to the onset of your menstrual period, the cause is usually hormonal. Increasing your progesterone levels to the optimal range usually eliminates premenstrual bloating. If you tend to bloat after meals, you may lack sufficient digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid, thus preventing the complete digestion of your foods.
The good news is that, in both cases, the symptoms are preventable with the proper hormonal treatment and dietary modifications.