Jennster, I note that noone has replied to your worry. I recently logged on as a newbie with an avalanche of symptoms after 18 months of no periods and thinking it was “all over”!! I have very bad vaginal and urinary tract atrophy, I am seeing a consultant next month, but also have had very bad gastric upset, indigestion, constipation, leading to a double whammy of fatigue and anxiety, as if it wasn’t enough as part of the menopause process anyway! I am told that thinning of the vaginal wall can affect the bowel as they are very close and the bowel can become irritated too, especially as constipation is also a symptom of menopause.
I have found that coffee and chocolate seem to make it worse and if you are sitting at work all day, it compounds the problem. I am just starting, as recommended by a friend, on soya products as they less irritating on the gut, I will let you know!!