There is no cure for IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, for either women or men, claims MedicineNet. However, the symptoms can be eased through changes in lifestyle, diet and medications.
The severity of IBS symptoms seems related to female hormones, and many women report that their IBS is worse around the time of their menstrual periods, according to Mayo Clinic. A drug called Alosetron, which retards the movement of food through the large intestine, has been approved for women but not for men by the Food and Drug Administration. As of 2105, only doctors who are enrolled in a special program can prescribe this drug. Another drug approved specifically for women is Lubiprostone, which is for women whose predominant symptom is severe constipation.