Specialist expertise: Endoscopy, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy, Gastroenterology, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Emphasis on Women's Healthcare, Therapeutic Endoscopy, Diagnostic Endoscopy, Bowel Cancer Screening, Capsule Endoscopy, Gastroscopy, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection, Advanced Polypectomy, Abnormal Liver Function, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Dyspepsia, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, General Hepatology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Polypectomy, Rectal Bleeding, Functional Gut Disorders, Obesity, Coeliac Disease, Helicobacter Pylori Infection, Gastrointestinal Bleeding.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a long-term (chronic) condition of the gastrointestinal tract that involves frequent abdominal pain (tummy ache) and/or bowel symptoms. These symptoms include abdominal (tummy) cramps, bloating, and constipation or diarrhoea or both.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition. Around 1 in 5 people in the UK will experience IBS at some point in their lives. It can affect anyone at any age but it often first develops in young adults, in their teens or twenties, and can continue from time to time throughout life.
Women are twice as likely than men to have IBS. Many women find that signs and symptoms are worse during or around their menstrual periods.
IBS does not increase the chances of bowel cancer and does not make a person more likely to develop other colon conditions, such as colitis, Crohn’s disease, or other cancers. However, if you think you may have IBS, you should see a doctor. IBS may need long-term care and management.