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NoName
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I was wondering, and I am sorry if this is gross, but is there any reason, hormonal or otherwise, why I have more frequent bowel movements (and with much more ease) than usual when I am close to getting my period? I am not talking about diarrhea or anything, the movements are normal, just a little bit more frequent. I've heard the progastalandins during your period cause uterine contractions and also stimulate your bowels, but that doesn't explain it happening before your period. Do progastalandins start being produced awhile before you bleed as well? Thanks.
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Yes, the hormonal changes do begin to occur pre-bleeding.

If you're not already, charting your cycle using a service like monthlyinfo.com can be really interesting and helpful, and you can make notes about such things such as this. It's easier to look back and identify patterns when it's charted. [Smile]

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Thanks for the reply. I don't chart completely other than cervical mucus patterns but I have noticed this particular symptom a lot when I am almost ready for my period and was just wondering if that was a common thing.
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It super-typical.

Hormonal changes with the menstruual cycle are all pretty gradual. In other words, we won't tend to feel the gradual changes sometimes, and what we might often figure are symptoms of one specific phase of our cycles are usually things brewing for a while before we notice, or aren't quite as tied to period-or-not or ovulating-or-not, if you catch my drift, as we might suspect.

We explain them in depth here, if you're interested:
On the Rag: A Guide to Menstruation
Get With the Flow: All About FAM

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