Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common GI disorder of the colon, often associated with abdominal pain, gas, cramps, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. It affects an estimated 8% to 20% of the general adult population, but has a higher incidence among women.

As UNC reports, IBS in women is most prevalent during menstruation years, and over 50% of patients seeing a gynecologist for lower abdominal pain have IBS. Furthermore, women with IBS are more likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis. They are also three times more likely to have a hysterectomy than women without IBS.

Read more about the symptoms and causes of IBS from the Mayo Clinic. If you think you might have IBS, the doctors at Cary Gastroenterology and the Women’s Center for GI Health can help. Call us to schedule an appointment.