I am new to the forum and to the entire group. Hello!I am 51 years old and have been going through peri-menopause for the past 5 years. My gynecologist keeps telling me I simply have to be nearly finished with my years of menstruating, but that seems to be a fairy tale to me at this point. The only thing that does appear to be happening is a very acute exaggeration of my IBS symptoms every month right around the time of my cycle. And, it changes from before, during and after. But the pattern remains the same, with the exaggeration of symptoms. I have lost a great deal of weight since last fall because I am unable to eat during these times but the IBS also triggers my acid reflux. An upper endoscopy and colonoscopy have come back clean as a whistle. Has anybody else been through this? If so, what did you do? I am seriously considering a hysterectomy as a way to keep functioning because I am about to lose my job!