Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common, long-term condition of the digestive system. Symptoms can include stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and/or constipation.
IBS does not pose a serious threat to your physical health and doesn't increase your chances of developing cancer or other bowel-related conditions.
The symptoms of IBS vary between individuals and affect some people more severely than others. Symptoms can become worse, often during times of stress or after eating certain foods.
You may find some of the symptoms of IBS ease after going to the toilet and moving your bowels.
There is no cure for IBS, but the symptoms can often be managed by making changes to your diet and lifestyle. For example, it may help to:
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