What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a condition that affects the large intestine, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It causes a variety of symptoms that all act up together, including abdominal pain, cramping, and bloating.

IBS also can cause constipation, diarrhea, or alternate between the two, according to the NIH.

This common condition occurs more often in women than in men. Though it is very painful, it does not damage the intestines.

For more information about irritable bowel syndrome, talk with your doctor.

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