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“Hot Girls With Stomach Issues”

This is the new phrase I’ve been seeing all over TikTok. People have been making the joke that every attractive woman has issues with IBS, bloating, constipation, and such. Although it’s all fun and games, it raises an important question: Why do most women have stomach problems? 

I’m sure you have heard your mom or female friends complain that they are bloated, or perhaps you suffer from bloating as well. Sure, everyone bloats and it is 100% natural! However, there comes to a point when the bloating is ridiculous. I personally suffer from IBS, so I understand how bloating can go from a common issue to nine-months pregnant real fast. I have always had adequate digestion until I caught COVID-19 back in November. That entire first week, I was severely constipated for the first time in my entire life. Ever since, I have been suffering with severe IBS. Although in my case my stomach issues were triggered by COVID-19, most women suffer from similar symptoms without having had the illness.

Honestly, every woman’s stomach issues are relative, however there are many aspects that could be triggering your bloating, constipation, gas, or anything of the sort. First, and the most probable, is birth control. If you are on birth control, your gynecologist most likely gave you the little sheet with all of the side effects listed. Since you were probably worrying about the risk of possible blood clots and loss of period, you most likely skipped over bloating. The hormones in birth control throw off the hormone receptors in your gut, causing you gas, constipation, and other gastrointestinal issues. 

Additionally, what you are eating could be triggering these symptoms. They always say, “You are what you eat.” This is true! If you are eating hot Cheetos everyday, your stomach will not be happy with you in the slightest. Eating a well balanced diet that focuses on whole foods is the best way to go. I saw a Tik Tok a while back discussing the difference between “dead” food and “alive” food. The creator labeled foods high in refined sugar, heavily processed, and genetically modified as “dead” food because these products do not give us energy and life, but instead make us feel sluggish and dead. She refers to plant and whole foods as “alive”  because they give us natural energy and are much better for our mood and health. Of course, junk food is never bad in moderation; however, a focus on “alive” food will help your digestion tremendously. 

Sometimes just being female has its downsides. According to sciencedaily.com, “Women are more likely to have irritable bowel syndrome and other gastrointestinal disorders than men. A new study suggests that it’s because the intestines nerve cells are more sluggish in women.” This is another reason why you don’t hear many men complain about bloat and upset stomachs. Stress is also a huge aspect as well; we can all agree being a woman is stressful in this day and age. 

Having stomach problems is anything but glamorous. It can be upsetting, embarrassing, and depressing. Just know that you are not alone and many women suffer as well. You may have been experiencing many gastrointestinal issues but were unaware of the possible triggers. I recommend taking a probiotic, drinking plenty of water, sleeping well, and eating foods rich in fiber. If all else fails and you still have stomach issues, at least you’re a hot girl too. 




Sarah Mengel

Kutztown '23

Junior English major with a minor coffee addiction :)
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