IBS and quality of life

IBS has a significant physical, emotional, and social impact on patients’ daily lives1,2

“IBS attacks are some of the worst pain I have ever experienced. I feel like my life is on hold”3

IBS significantly impairs work productivity

On average, people with IBS miss 2 days of work per month4

On average, people with IBS have 9 days per month with reduced productivity4

2 days
9 days

“There is no way I can work when the pain is this bad. If I didn’t need my job I would quit”3


IBS disrupts patients’ daily lives and activities7,8

34% of patients with IBS avoid situations where there won’t be a nearby bathroom4

23% of patients with IBS stay home more often due to symptoms4

Patients with IBS report being unable to participate in personal activities an average of 8 days per month4

“I avoid eating in any social situation if possible. I hate having to always know where every bathroom is!”3

“I've lost so many nights out and social occasions. When people can't see anything wrong, they think you're making a fuss over nothing”3

Patients with IBS often feel stigmatized and misunderstood9,10

The most common emotions expressed by patients with IBS are4:

“It is embarrassing to have IBS. I always make jokes to cover my embarrassment of how often and urgently I need to use the bathroom”3

Learn more about IBS


  1. Ballou S et al. World J Gastrointest Pathophysiol 2015; 6: 120-123.
  2. Drossman DA et al. Gastroenterology 2002; 123: 2108-2131.
  3. www.medicinenet.com. Patient comments on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Accessed March 2016.
  4. American Gastroenterological Association. IBS in America Survey. 2015. Available at: http://ibsinamerica.gastro.org/.
  5. IBS in America. American Gastroenterological Association. Accessed March 22, 2016. Available at: http://ibsinamerica.gastro.org/.
  6. Miller V et al. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 2004; 2: 1064-1068.
  7. Nellesen D et al. J Manag Care Pharm 2013; 19: 755-764.
  8. Buono J et al. Poster K03 presented at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Nexus Meeting, Orlando, FL, October 26-29, 2015.
  9. Jones MP et al. Psychol Health Med 2009; 14: 367-374.
  10. Taft TH et al. Neurogastroenterol Motil 2014; 26: 1026-1035.