More on IBS Symptoms in Women
IBS also known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a functional disorder of the bowels that are characterized by some common symptoms. Scientifically speaking, IBS is not really considered an illness; it is a combination of many varying symptoms that can be an offshoot of an underlying more serious condition. That’s why it’s important to see a physician the very moment you notice some of its symptoms especially those for severe IBS. The sooner you can get the right diagnosis, the sooner you can get treatment for the condition which can prevent you from getting into a more serious medical condition.
Knowing that IBS is an excretory system condition, you can expect for diarrhea and constipation to go together as two of its most popular symptoms. It doesn’t mean however that when you have these two symptoms you immediately have IBS. They can also be symptoms of other medical conditions.
One other symptom that indicates you have IBS is when there are changes in your schedule of eliminating waste. When you don’t feel the need to remove bowels from two to three days when it used to be part of your morning routine, this means there’s a likelihood that you have diarrhea.
Once you go to see the doctor, it’s important for you to inform him or her all the IBS symptoms that you experience. The more thorough, detailed, and specific you are in narrating your observations will help a lot in the confirmation of whether you have the condition or not as well as in seeking treatment for it.
IBS is however thought to be different in women. It has long been thought that there are gender differences in IBS. It should be known as well that more women are affected by the condition than men. As researchers focus on this aspect, they have looked into women’s health. Here are some factors that have been observed to have possible impact on IBS symptoms in women.
IBS symptoms can be affected by the hormonal changes that take place during menstruation. For most women also, pregnancy often results to an increase in IBS symptoms. In the same way, women who are going through menopause have decreased chances of experiencing IBS symptoms. Women who experience IBS symptoms are also likely to have endometriosis. They are also known to have the higher risk to undergo hysterectomy. Women who went through sexual abuse or severe physical abuse may experience more IBS symptoms in women. These women who suffer from IBS may also have problems in relaxing and enjoying during sex but they are not at risk of having problems in sex drive and getting an orgasm. Women with IBS are also likely to suffer from urinary urgency but they are not at risk of suffering from urinary incontinence. They are also more likely to complain of having pelvic organ prolapse symptoms. The hormones progesterone and estrogen which are higher during the ovulation period among women have no effect on IBS symptoms. Neither do hormonal replacement therapy and the use of birth control pills.