The Connection Between PCOS and IBS Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
is a hormonal disorder affecting 1 out
of 10 women in the United States. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
is a gut problem which affects
up to 20% of the population. Up to 42% of patients
with PCOS also have IBS. One possible reason for the interaction
is that the hormonal issues tied to
PCOS may affect your gut as well. Abnormalities in the hormonal system can alter bowel function (causing IBS) and having an imbalance of the bacteria in your gut can make PCOS symptoms worse. Even things outside your abdomen can affect the two conditions such as stress, which can trigger anxiety and depression. If you're concerned that you may have both PCOS and IBS, talk to your doctor, who can help with diagnosis and treatment for you.