Common GI Issues in Women

  • Topic Info:Does the following scenario sound familiar? Almost every day you feel uncomfortable due to bloating, cramping or an upset stomach. It happens so often that you don't think anything of it. However, you may want to listen to your gut... it could be telling you something is seriously wrong.

    Might you have a digestive issue that you're not properly addressing?

    Bloating is very common. Numerous things relating to a gastrointestinal problem can cause bloating, but it can also mean a gynecology issue such as endometriosis.

    However, one of the main reasons you become bloated has to do with what you are eating. You may want to try eliminating certain foods to pinpoint your specific underlying cause.

    Remember, your body is unique. What helps your body may harm someone else's, which is why it's a good idea to seek a professional consultation at some point.

    If you're constantly stressed, you might be wreaking havoc on your gut. Keeping your mind healthy is essential for your body to function properly.

    Occasional heartburn is common after eating certain foods. But, if every time you eat it causes heartburn, you could have acid reflux disease. Acid reflux damages your intestines as well as your esophagus. Left untreated, chronic inflammation within your esophagus can cause cancer.

    Even though you think popping a few extra Tums will settle the issue, you still need to see a physician. Staying aware from trigger foods such as anything spicy, caffeine or acidic foods can help keep your heartburn in check.

    What else could be contributing to your GI issues?

    Assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Sumona Saha, MD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss common GI issues among women, as well as ways you can help treat these issues.

    Common GI Issues:
    • Poor diet and nutrition
    • Stress
    • Heartburn
    • Upset stomach
    • Diarrhea
    • Bloating
    • Constipation
    • Gas
    • Pain/cramping
  • Host: Melanie Cole, MS