40 million people have been diagnosed with IBS (women represent over 70% of IBS sufferers).
Many IBS sufferers go undiagnosed because they are too embarrassed to tell their doctors about their symptoms, so they suffer in silence.
IBS is more common than depression, asthma, diabetes, and coronary heart disease.
IBS is a leading cause of school and work absenteeism in the U.S., second only to the common cold.
IBS is a functional disorder in which your bowel doesn't work as well as it should.
IBS is diagnosed only after your doctor has done tests to eliminate any other possible digestive disorder.
IBS is diagnosed when the doctor finds no structural or biochemical explanation for your symptoms.
While food and stress can trigger symptoms, the underlying cause of IBS is a brain-gut disfunction. Those of us with IBS have more sensitive guts than other people
Women with IBS we experience normal GI contractions as painful, and our colons react to stimuli that do not affect normal colons (and our reactions are usually more severe).