GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Women's Health / Gynecology

How can your period affect bowel movements?

Many people notice that their bowel habits change predictably throughout their monthly menstrual cycle. This shift in pattern is because the bowel is affected by period-related hormone changes. During each menstrual cycle, the body goes through many hormonal shifts. These changes affect the whole body, leading to familiar premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms such as mood […]

GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology

What to know about homemade enemas

An enema is an injection of liquid containing various substances into the rectum. The goal is to loosen stuck stool and encourage a bowel movement. A doctor may recommend an enema to treat constipation when first-line treatments have not worked. Homemade and commercial enemas can cause adverse effects. Most doctors recommend using laxatives and dietary […]

GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Mental Health

How is stress linked with constipation?

High levels of stress can cause or aggravate gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, stomach pain, and changes in bowel movements, which can include constipation. Researchers have identified various connections between the brain and stomach that may lead to constipation symptoms. A range of treatments and remedies can help relieve stress-related constipation. In this article, we […]

Crohn's / IBD GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology

What to know about bowel disorders

Bowel disorders affect the organs in the digestive system, including the small and large intestines. These conditions can prevent the body from properly digesting and absorbing nutrients from food. This can cause symptoms such as diarrhea and constipation. If a person does not seek treatment for them, bowel disorders can contribute to other health complications, […]

Endocrinology GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology

What to know about gallbladder polyps

Polyps are abnormal tissue growths. They can form in various parts of the body, including the gallbladder. Most people with gallbladder polyps do not experience symptoms. Doctors usually discover the polyps incidentally, on ultrasound or CT scans. Though some gallbladder polyps can develop into cancer, the vast majority are noncancerous. As long as the polyps […]

GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Multiple Sclerosis

Does sunlight change our gut microbiome?

Scientists show that ultraviolet (UV) light exposure leads to changes in the gut microbiome, but only in volunteers who were deficient in vitamin D. Share on PinterestCan sunlight affect our gut microbiomes? There is plenty of evidence that links vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, to health outcomes. Living at higher latitudes, which means less exposure […]

GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

E. coli infections linked to poor hygiene, not contaminated food

The bacterium Escherichia coli is normally present in both human and animal guts. However, some strains of E. coli have developed resistance to antibiotics and can cause dangerous infections. But how do these harmful bacteria end up infecting people? Share on PinterestA new study warns that humans come into contact with dangerous bacteria, mostly because […]