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 lifetime3. 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 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 3: 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.