The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, in women varies because each individual has different symptoms, but the main symptoms include abdominal pain, abdominal cramping, a bloated stomach, diarrhea, constipation, mucus present in the stool and gas, according to the Mayo Clinic. Some women and men will have a few of these symptoms or all of them, including alternating periods of both diarrhea and constipation.
While symptoms may be stronger at various times and more mild at others, IBS is an ongoing condition that stays with people throughout their entire lives, according to the Mayo Clinic. It is best for people with rectal bleeding, weight loss and abdominal pain to see a doctor to ensure that the symptoms are not related to colon cancer or another disease.
Sadly, there is no known cause or cure for IBS though there are a number of things that can be done to minimize the symptoms, according to WebMD. It is currently speculated that it is the brain and the intestinal tract's communication that is the problem. It is known that IBS symptoms stem from the sensitivity of the IBS sufferer's intestines. There are many factors that contribute to IBS, such as eating, stress, anxiety, depression, hormonal changes, antibiotics, infections and genetics.