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Is bloating a normal symptom of menopause, and if so, is there anything that can be done about it?


Bloating is a premenstrual symptom as well as a symptom associated with aging, not necessarily a menopausal symptom.  Many people get more bloating as they age along with more gas production.  Check with your pharmacist about several over the counter products that can be used to reduce gas production.  Eliminating foods that you know cause gas for you can also be helpful.  The problem is that a number of healthful foods can cause gas.  Be sure to discuss any bowel function changes with your clinician.

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Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati