Irritable bowel syndrome is very common among women, and can be effectively treated. There is often an emotional component to this condition related to anxiety, which also must be addressed by learning how to manage stressful situations from manifesting so strongly in the body. We would therefore closely examine and treat the anxiety associated with IBS, and also look at any possible causes of the intestinal irritation including: food sensitivities, leaky gut syndrome, or intestinal dysbiosis (for example yeast overgrowth).
One of the most common causes of irritable bowel syndrome is frequent antibiotic use in the past. This could be from many ear or tonsil infections as a child, antibiotics such as tetracycline or minocin as a teen, or antibiotics for recurrent urinary tract infection as a young adult. The use of frequent antibiotics alters the digsetive flora, or microbiome which then creates the symptoms of IBS. The good news is that by rebalancing the digestive flora and repairing the gut lining, we can reverse this.