IBS symptoms in males are few in numbers than in females. However, one-third of Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers are males. 1/3 patients are a mean value; it varies from region to region. It is noticed that IBS in men is higher in Asia and Eastern countries. Moreover, it is more prevalence in women in the Western countries.
IBS Symptoms in Males and Females
Constipation: Irritable Bowel Syndrome with predominant Constipation is higher in Females than in males. IBS-C is more common in women than men.
Diarrhea: More than half of the patients of IBS have a complaint of Diarrhea under age of 50. According to a vigilant survey, IBS in men with diarrhea (IBS-D) is more common than women. Frequent movement of Bowel is a cause of it.
Bloating: According to Rome II criteria Patients of IBS were recognized and the survey was conducted. Resultantly, bloating is prevalent in females than males.
Gas: According to the suggestions of Gastroenterologists, gas either be IBS symptom in males or in females. There is no sharp boundary between women and men.
Nausea: Nausea is the only situation which is negligible in men and most prevalent in women
Background: Gender role in Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Method: Rome III criteria was a diagnosis procedure. A questionnaire was given to each
- Nausea was prevalent in females. 49% vs 14%
- Diarrhea-predominant IBS was prevalent in men. 38.8% vs 34%
- Constipation-predominant IBS was common in Women. 42% vs 31%
- Loose stools and watery stools are more frequent in men.
Why the ratio of IBS in men and women is different
There are no anatomical differences in large and small intestines. But the ratio of Irritable Bowel Syndrome varies. The reason for this may not be known yet. There are chances that following are the reasons for that difference in ratio;
- Psychological Reason: Psychologically women work in more stress in the world than men. Depression and anxiety are the main triggers of this disease. That is why women sufferes are more in number than men.
- Hormonal: Observations suggest that female hormones increase the sensitivity of gut which may lead towards Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
- Menstruation: During menstruation cycle, symptoms of IBS are higher than the normal days. More bloating, constipation or abdominal pain feel during menstruation.
- Other Reasons: Women are more regular for a checkup to a doctor than men. Hence, IBS is more observed in Woman than IBS in men.