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What is it?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition that affects how your gastrointestinal system functions. Because 100 million nerve cells in your gut communicate back and forth with your brain, IBS is often also referred to as a gut-brain disorder.

People with IBS have especially sensitive nerve endings in their bowel walls. If those nerve endings get irritated, you can see symptoms like bloating, cramping, and gas, and abrupt changes to your bathroom habits that can be inconvenient at best and painful at worst.

Anyone, at any age, can have IBS, but women under the age of 50 are at higher risk. At least part of the reason may be due to monthly changes in female hormones, which can affect bowel function. (If you have IBS, you may notice that your symptoms get worse around your period.)


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