Department of Health

Irritable bowel

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a condition where a person experiences extreme bowel habits (either constipation, diarrhoea or both). Note that IBS is not related to Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) which is a separate and more serious disease.

In addition to constipation and diarrhoea, other symptoms for suffers of IBS include abdominal pain and bloating.

People who have contracted other illnesses (such as a fever, vomiting and acute diarrhoea) may be susceptible to contracting IBS. Diet and stress may also trigger IBS in some patients.

Further information

For more information and support with IBS, contact either your doctor or the Gastroenterological Society of Australia at the address below:

PO Box 508
Mulgrave VIC 3170
Phone: 03 9802 8533