The menstrual cycle affects rectal sensitivity in patients with irritable bowel syndrome but not healthy volunteers.

@article{Houghton2002TheMC,
  title={The menstrual cycle affects rectal sensitivity in patients with irritable bowel syndrome but not healthy volunteers.},
  author={L A Houghton and Rod A. Lea and Nick Jackson and Peter J Whorwell},
  journal={Gut},
  year={2002},
  volume={50 4},
  pages={471-4}
}
BACKGROUND We have previously shown that the menstrual cycle has no effect on rectal sensitivity of normal healthy women, despite them having looser stools at the time of menses. Patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) often report significant exacerbation of their IBS symptoms with menses, raising the possibility that IBS patients may respond differently to the menstrual cycle. AIM AND METHODS Rectal responses to balloon distension during days 1-4 (menses), 8-10 (follicular phase), 18… CONTINUE READING
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