About 1 in 5 Australians experience the symptoms of medically diagnosed irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) at some time in their lives.
Causes of IBS
The cause of IBS is unknown, but factors such as a change to routine, emotional stress, infection and diet are thought to contribute to it and trigger an attack.
Identifying and avoiding individual triggers are the first steps in helping prevent symptoms of IBS. Treatment options may include careful changes to diet, laxatives if required and/or antidiarrhoea medication.