1:05 pm - 05/11/2009

bad gas with menstruation

For a couple days before or at the start of my period I have to fart constantly. The silent-but-deadly kind that you can't hold in. It always smells the same- awful!

Does anyone else have this problem? Is there a way to treat it? I don't want to stop actually passing gas- I just want it to smell less heinous. I feel like I leave a stinky trail behind me everywhere I go and if it's someplace like work, that everyone knows it was me!
paperispatient 11th-May-2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
I don't have any suggestions, but I just had a discussion with my roommates last night about how we all poo and/or fart a WHOLE lot more right before and during our periods. So if it's any comfort, you're by no means alone. :)
mercy_rain 11th-May-2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
IIRC from what I've read, it's related to oxytocin, which is released to promote uterine contractions, and the intestines are local enough to get some of those good smooth-muscle-contraction times, too.
sageautumn 11th-May-2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Mine aren't silent. At all. *blushes* Thankfully, I can hold them until I move elsewhere.

Alllways right before my period. Joy.

As for smells... I've no idea, but have heard carbonation is not your friend when it comes to that.

1girl 11th-May-2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I get this too. Try to avoid traditionally gas-causing foods like soda, beans and spicy food. A fiber supplement might help, despite the fact that it seems like it would make the problem worse. The fiber will keep your digestive tract running smoothly and can help to eliminate excess gas.
angelicalangie 11th-May-2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
My mum used to have this issue just living with Diabetes, she found using activated charcoal helped her a lot.
pygmybugs 12th-May-2009 08:38 am (UTC)
Second this!! My ex had seriously death-ass issues, and charcoal tablets made him a much more pleasant person to be around.
starfish327 13th-May-2009 02:42 am (UTC)
okay i'm going to start sneaking some to my partner then lol.
sageautumn 11th-May-2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
You could do some looking into gas-producing, and smell-producing foods. For instance... vegtables and fruits will cause more gas (yes, like beans)... but the scent to those will be less.

I went googling, and it's a very weird thing to look into.
thesilia 11th-May-2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
my family (my mom and us three girls) calls these "rag farts" and they do smell awful (at least for us). i've no idea how to eliminate or reduce the smell, other than to do the same things you would do at any other time of the month.
belleforbass 11th-May-2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
Ha I get them too, when I was on the pill, it was just gassy, no smell, but now being off the pill and TTC I've noticed how terrible they are!!

Although on a totally terribly embarrassing side, my fiance did tell me one night when I was both sick and on my period he came to bed, I was sound a sleep and I let one off that while it didn't smell it apparently was the loudest fart he had ever heard. He said if he hadn't been in the room, he never would of believed a sound like that could come from me. I was SO embarrassed when he told me!!
3goodtimes 11th-May-2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
Yup, happens to me too along with diarrhea. Ah the joys of womanhood, eh? Wish I could help you out with stopping them. I wonder if regular gas medicines like Beano would work.
actorgrl04 11th-May-2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
oh yes, i have it!! i hate it!!!
silentseanymph 12th-May-2009 12:59 am (UTC)
This happens to me too. I get *really* foul-smelling gas when I have my period. Dunno why, but you're not alone!
catiekat 12th-May-2009 01:57 am (UTC)
me too!!! I get it so bad! My mom kept telling me I had a milk allergy but I'm pretty sure it has something to do with my cycle! Have no idea how to fix it tho :(
shysiren924 12th-May-2009 02:51 am (UTC)
I've heard peppermint works well for gas in general, but have not tried it yet.
nomad____ 13th-May-2009 01:48 am (UTC)
yeah I get reallly bad diarrhea all week >_< and awful cramps too, and gas. Lol, no wonder I become a hermit during my period I just want to lay in bed.
starfish327 13th-May-2009 02:43 am (UTC)
my uterus is tipped and presses on my GI track, it's actually one of the signs that i'm going to start soon. i smell a lot more unfortunately.
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