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Busting the myths around IBS

The fact is, there are a lot of misconceptions around IBS. For one, it’s much more common than you think. Read on as we bust the most prevalent IBS myths.

Myth 1: IBS is uncommon

False. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common condition, and up to 30% of Australians may experience symptoms at some point in their lifetime.11 The good news is, you’re not alone, and while IBS and related symptoms might be something you’d prefer to keep private, there are ways to help manage flare-ups.

Myth 2: IBS can lead to serious health problems

False. IBS has no relationship to serious or life-threatening diseases. That doesn’t mean it can’t be a major inconvenience and affect your quality of life – but you can rest in the knowledge that there’s no medical link between IBS and serious health problems.

Myth 3: IBS is no big deal

False. The variety of symptoms and unpredictability of flare-ups associated with IBS can have a significant effect on your everyday life, from your career to your relationships and social engagements. When IBS symptoms strike unexpectedly, they can interrupt your schedule in incredibly inconvenient ways. However, IBS can be managed effectively, which means you don’t have to suffer in silence.

Myth 4: IBS only causes diarrhoea

False. The symptoms of IBS can include both diarrhoea and constipation. Other common symptoms may include abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, gas and nausea. Click here to find out more information about the symptoms of IBS or consult your healthcare professional.

Busting the myths around IBS

Myth 5: You can never escape the symptoms

False. The symptoms of IBS can fluctuate, which makes them difficult to predict. Some people may find their symptoms worsen when they are stressed or anxious, and for some women the symptoms may be worse at certain times during the month. However, the most important thing to remember is that the symptoms can be treated, and you can seek help with managing your IBS so they don’t get in the way of your professional and personal goals. Speak to your healthcare professional for advice on staying in control.

Myth 6: Easing IBS symptoms requires drastic dietary changes

False. IBS can be caused by a variety of triggers, so while food intolerance or dietary factors may contribute to your symptoms, drastic changes to your diet cannot cure your IBS – they may not even have an effect at all. Thankfully, you may find that managing IBS is a lot simpler than overhauling your diet, so you don’t have to miss out on that weekend meal with your family or friends.

Myth 7: Herbal medicines for IBS are slow, ineffective, and only work on one digestive symptom

False. Iberogast is a herbal medicine that is clinically proven and provides fast-acting, effective relief for digestive symptoms including those of medically-diagnosed IBS.1,2 The unique combination of nine medicinal herbs in Iberogast work together in a multi-targeted action to relieve multiple digestive symptoms and help restore gut functioning. These symptoms include abdominal cramps, stomach pain, bloating, gas, diarrhoea and constipation. Find out more about Iberogast.

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Managing IBS symptoms with Iberogast