IBS isn't associated with any serious conditions, such as colon cancer. But, diarrhea and constipation, both signs of irritable bowel syndrome, can aggravate or even cause hemorrhoids.

The impact of IBS on your overall quality of life may be its most significant complication. IBS might limit your ability to:

  • Make or keep plans with friends and family. If you have IBS, the difficulty of coping with symptoms away from home may cause you to avoid social engagements.
  • Enjoy a healthy sex life. The physical discomfort of IBS may make sexual activity unappealing or even painful.

These effects of IBS may cause you to feel you're not living life to the fullest, leading to discouragement or even depression.

Jul. 29, 2011