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If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you may experience symptoms such as chronic abdominal (stomach) pain or discomfort and changes in bowel habits (such as diarrhea or constipation). However, the signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome will vary from person to person.
 
Other possible IBS symptoms can include:
 
Irritable bowel syndrome can also cause symptoms that are not related to the digestive system. Some of these problems may include:
 
  • Changes in sexual function
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Painful menstruation
  • More frequent urination.
     
(Click Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Symptoms to learn more about this topic. This article outlines specific signs and symptoms, and explains when people may experience certain symptoms more severely.)
 
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