Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a condition affecting the functioning of the bowel. IBS may result in varying symptoms and discomfort.

IBS is a chronic condition that usually requires long term management. While there is no cure for IBS, it does not cause changes to the tissues of the bowel or increase the risk of developing bowel cancer.

Symptoms of IBS include;

  • abdominal pain and discomfort
  • bloating and wind
  • diarrhoea and or constipation

Symptoms are more common in women and are often worse around the time of menstruation or times of stress.

For more information;

Dietitians Association of Australia

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health 

International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders 

Fact sheets