Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder of gut-brain interaction, affecting both physical and mental function. In Western countries, it affects twice as many women as men.
Women with IBS seek health care services more often and report greater symptoms and poorer quality of life. This could be related to biological reasons, like hormones, or psychosocial reasons, like gender expectations. The purpose of our study is to better understand how these different forces affect women's experiences with IBS.
If you have IBS, or if you do not have IBS and can be a healthy control, you may qualify to participate. Help further research today!
You may NOT Qualify if you have:
This study will involve two online/virtual study visits over Zoom or Microsoft Teams. You will also complete online questionnaires, daily symptom assessment, and collect four saliva samples at home which are mailed back to the University of South Carolina. The entire study lasts about one month/menstrual cycle.