Women's Health Report on Irritable Bowel Syndrome - from the National Women's Health Resource Center

Date: March 15, 2001

The National Women's Health Resource Center (NWHRC) has published a health report on irritable bowel syndrome, a chronic disorder characterized by abdominal pain associated with abnormal bowel function, including diarrhea, constipation or alternating bouts of each. The June 2000 issue of "National Women's Health Report" offers readers information on irritable bowel syndrome.

According to the health report, 20 percent of people in the United States suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, and 70 percent are women. Irritable bowel syndrome can affect a woman's family life and her ability to work.

The NWHRC report discusses the classic symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome; suggestions on finding a physician who can diagnose and treat the condition; the effects of diet, exercise and alternative therapies; treatment options; and tips on living with irritable bowel syndrome. The report also features case studies of women who saw several physicians over a period of years while trying to find a diagnosis for their symptoms and a discussion of the obstacles they had to overcome to get help.

To obtain a copy of "National Women's Health Report" free of charge, call the NWHRC at 877-986-9472; write to the NWHRC, 120 Albany St., Ste. 820, New Brunswick, NJ 08901; or send an e-mail request to info@healthywomen.org.

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