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    heartburn and menstruation
    BridgitM posted:
    I am a few years away from menopause, if my family history is any indication. I am having regular periods, but have frequently had heartburn before and during the start of my menstrual cycle over the past 30 years. This is getting worse as I get older. I have been diagnosed with mild gastritis but medication doesn't seem to help. Could hormones have anything to do with this?
    OuchMyBody responded:
    I'm only 23 and I have gone through some major hormonal changes recently, mostly because I used birth control for the first time and it was horrible so I stopped. Since then my symptoms have been terrible consisting of heartburn, hot flashes, reflux, major mood swings, etc. I even have a random pain each month, last month it was my wrist, the month before I had achy joints, and this month it was my stomach. I have learned through careful observation to tie it all to my hormones because it always happens the week before I start. I definitely believe hormones play a bigger role in our bodies than we realize, and my pain always goes away shortly after....hope this helps because I don't think even doctors can.
    xtine_the_bean responded:
    Hormones definitely have something to do with this. After switching birth control when I was 26, I started to have excruciating chest pains two days before I would start to bleed (on my period). I've gone to many doctors but no one seems to have a solution for it. I was diagnosed with GERD/acid reflux but I only seem to have the symptoms when I get my period - or even spot between periods. There are many women that complain of this issue on the web but I haven't seen any real answers for us. I'm 29 now and trying to be positive about the whole situation. As you know it's very uncomfortable but I would continue to see more specialists in the hope of finding a cure. If I find more information - I will let you all know.
    AnimalLover84 responded:
    Ok, so about three years ago I was pregnant. I had really bad acid, it would come up into my throat, and was horrible. Well, I am getting that again, not as bad, but still noticeable. It's not horrible, but I was just wondering if I could get that even if I'm not pregnant. I recently switched from the ring to the mirena..if that helps any..Thanks in advance
    Mari0625 responded:
    I'm 30 years old and I've had heartburn since I stopped nursing my baby and my periods began. I've had uncontrolled heartburn 1 week before and during my periods. It's better out of this time window. Medication used to be 100% effective when I was nursing but no medicaiton has been able to help out with this . I've, too been diagnosed with mild gastritis and esophagitis but it's uncomfortable and scared of continued heartburn turning into esophageal cancer. I have 2 kids and I have to keep healthy for them. All tests come out normal-no problems, they indicate that I shouldn't feel heartburn, but yet I feel it and the damage is it's not just in my head. I'm still trying to find a solution, too.
    vang123 replied to Mari0625's response:

    I am 31 and I have similar issue for the past 6 months. I get severe heartburn when period starts and stays 10 days after the period ends. About 20 days in a month it is hell for me. I went to the digestive disease center and all tests are normal (endoscopy, ultrasound, blood, stool) so they referred me to GYNC, he did pelvic ultrasound and said it is normal and asking me to go back to digestive disease center or to pulmanology. I too have two kids, unable to concentrate on them. How did you resolve your issue, any suggestions would help.

    Mari0625 replied to vang123's response:
    My gyn just put me on birth control pills and said it was okay to use until I hit menopause since I don't smoke. I am starting on the pills once my period comes. Me and my husband are done having kids so there is no loss to me. If anything, it will eclipse the 1% of getting pregnant as he had a vasectomy. I had an endoscopy 1 year ago and my internist suggested me going to the GI doctor again to take a look if any more damage has been done or see if they missed something during my first endoscopy. He was very honest and brainstormed that it could be a tumor or ulcer. I saw my gyn that same day and she is hopeful the pill will control my spotting that begins before my period and the heartburn during this time and during my period. I had a pelvic ultrasound, too last year and everything has been normal. Don't worry, you're not crazy. You are not alone in this.
    Mari0625 replied to Mari0625's response:
    I forgot to add about the pill...I would be skipping the iron pills and continually take the active pills till I hit menopause that way there are no fluxuations in my hormones causing this heartburn distress. That means no more periods. Great way to go green.
    An_258388 replied to xtine_the_bean's response:
    Golly this is an old thread. But I hope someone is still out there reading & offering advice.

    I am a 48 yo woman, 2 years post hysterectomy, retained ovaries, I can tell when my period "would" be by heightened emotions, sense of smell, strength, bloating etc. And since hysterectomy insane heartburn. I have had to go the ER twice in the last 6 months because of unmanageable pain, trying to manage it month by month with OTC PPI's & Gaviscon/Mylanta. Does this ever stop? Does anyone have any advice?
    moodle12385 replied to An_258388's response:
    Hi all,

    I am 28 and in the last year I have had horrible indigestion/heartburn the days leading up to and sometimes also the first day of my period. I can't believe there isn't any more research/info out there but I thought I'd share what has worked for me....

    First I tried just taking 10 mg of pepcid but it never really offered enough relief. (Due to other health issues I've been on Nexium, Prilosec, Zantac, you name it in the past and none of them really work for me anymore.) One night I happened to be taking benedryl for something else and it was right before a period. I noticed that it really helped. The magic combo for me is to take a pepcid and a benedryl the nights before my period before bed and then only if the pain is bad during the day. This has offered a lot of relief. Hopefully it helps others
    amywelsh responded:
    It could be. When I was young, I was experiencing hormonal imbalances.

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