The Hidden Impacts of IBS
1 in 5* Australians are affected by IBS. For many, the impact goes beyond just the symptoms
We asked 1,000 Australians with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) to tell us their stories and experiences with IBS. We wanted to go beyond just their symptoms and bring awareness to the often hidden impacts of IBS. We asked them questions that covered how Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) impacts their quality of life including their mental health, social lives, relationships and how they feel about the future managing their symptoms. We hope that by sharing our findings - and their stories – that it helps other IBS sufferers and those in their support network to better understand their condition.
The results of this survey highlight the importance of managing symptoms and occasional flare ups in improving the quality of life for IBS sufferers.
As part of this, access to affordable and effective over-the-counter relief is key.
SilicolGel works differently from many over-the-counter IBS relief products and relieves all the most common symptoms of IBS including diarrhoea, flatulence, nausea, abdominal pain and bowel discomfort.
How IBS can impact your lifestyle
IBS Sufferers share their experience
What is IBS?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common and chronic gastrointestinal disorder that affects the large intestine (colon).
What are some symptoms of IBS?
It is characterized by a group of symptoms that can vary in severity and can include:
- Abdominal Pain or Discomfort
- Changes in Bowel Habilts
- Bloating and Gas
- Mucus in the stool
- Bowel Urgency
What were the findings of the survey?
- 60% of respondants feel uncertain or pessimistic about managing their symptoms
- Almost 1 in 5 say they have tried everything & feel like there's no solution.
- Over half of the gen Z respondances (18-24 years) experience severe symptoms.
- 91% suffer anxiety and depression
- More than 50% experience both anxiety AND self-confidence issues
- More than half said their IBS affects them in other areas of life too
Other areas that IBS can affect
IBS can affect sleep
54% say their sleep is affected
IBS can affect your Mood
70% say their mood is affected
80% of young Aussies say their mood is affected
IBS can affect Social Life
50% say their social life is affected
71% avoid leaving the house due to IBS symptoms.