FMT A man gave himself poop transplants using his mom's feces to treat his debilitating Crohn's. Then he started experiencing her menopause symptoms. (Nov 2023)

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https://www.insider.com/mom-donates-poop-fecal-microbiota-transplant-son-experiences-menopause-2023-11

  • A mom donated her feces to her son for DIY "poop transplants" to treat his Crohn's disease.
  • Charlie Curtis, from Toronto, Canada, who's in his mid 30s, experienced his mother's menopause symptoms from the FMTs.
  • The treatment is not approved for treating Crohn's, so they did it without medical supervision.

    Despite taking medication, Charlie Curtis' Crohn's symptoms got so bad that he was hospitalized and was going to the bathroom forty times a day, his mother, Sky Curtis said.

    Desperate for her son to get his life back, Sky Curtis contacted Thomas Borody, the director of the Centre for Digestive Diseases in Sydney, Australia, who pioneered FMT treatments in the 1980s. He suggested that she donate her healthy stools to her son.

    They did them "every day for a month, then every two days for a month, then every third day for a month. Once we got down to once a month, we did once a month for three and a half years," with newly donated stool each time.

    Charlie Curtis was symptom free and off medication in 2019.

    Charlie Curtis experienced some unexpected side effects from the FMTs: sweating, hot flashes, and mood swings, similar to what his menopausal mom was experiencing.
    "At the time, I was going through menopause," Sky Curtis said. "And so was he!"
 
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