I get constipation and bloating in the week or so leading up to my period, and then during, too. The bloating seems to being getting worse at the moment...the other week, someone I hadn't seen for a while asked me if I was pregnant (I'm not, of course!)...that was pretty embarassing as it was at my boss's retirement do, in front of all my work colleagues. I felt ridiculous and didn't quite know what to say or do...a hole in the ground would have been very welcome at that precise moment! I also get very emotional for the 2 weeks before my period, i.e. weepy and oversensitive. I've started taking vitamin supplements targeted at menstruating women, as I've read that low levels of B vitamins can give you PMS. For me, I feel that I'll probably never alleviate the IBS, but, at least if I'm less emotional, I'll feel less depressed and embarrassed by my delinquent digestive system. I think it's all about finding what helps you to cope, 777...I hope the above is reassuring / maybe even helpful in some way.