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Gynecological Aspects of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Over a decade ago, investigators noted that approximately half of the women attending a gynecology clinic had symptoms (e.g., abdominal pain, change in bowel pattern) compatible with a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Since that study, a number of other studies have demonstrated a higher prevalence of gynecologic disorders, such as pain associated with menstruation (dysmenorrhea) and premenstrual distress syndrome in women with IBS as compared to those without IBS.

Topics: Fact Sheet, Gender, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Lower Abdominal Pain, Pelvic Pain

About the Authors

  • Margaret M. Heitkemper, RN, PhD

    Professor of Nursing and Medicine, Department of Biobehavioral Nursing & Health Systems, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

  • Monica Jarett

    Department of Biobehavioral Nursing & Health Systems, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

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