It's been a while! I hope everyone had a happy new year. Here's a quick physical vs. psychological question, mostly for the ladies. There is a clear-as-a-bell correlation between my IBS/dyspepsia and where I am in my menstrual cycle. My gut is generally unhappy during the first half and generally quiet and happy during the second half. Those of you whose TMS issues correlate clearly with your menstrual cycle and/or other hormonal shifts, how do you continue to think psychological? It's not SO hard to think psychological about it, because hormones are pretty mysterious already. I think of them almost like light with its particle and wave properties. It seems like hormones are part body and part mind, and they are slippery buggers that don't like to be observed in action. But there is a temptation to start researching the effects of hormones on gut health, which I've done fruitlessly before (along with asking my doctor). I generally get, "Yeah, hormones can definitely have an effect, but we don't know exactly why, or why some people are bothered by it and others aren't." So I know it's useless to go there. I am seeing glimmers of evidence/hope that thinking psychological is changing my relationship to what's happening in my gut, so I want to stick with it. The hormone connection presents a bit of a hiccup, so thoughts from those of you who have also identified that connection would be helpful for me!