Symptom of IBS: Nausea

Reviewed by: HU Medical Review Board | Last reviewed: June 2016. | Last updated: March 2020

Nausea is an uneasy feeling in the stomach along with an urge to vomit. Nausea is a common gastrointestinal symptom of IBS.1

Who gets feelings of nausea?

Nausea is a symptom among people with all types of IBS.2 About 40% of people with IBS consider nausea to be an important factor in determining disease severity.3 However, nausea may be more prevalent in women than in men. Women with IBS during their menstrual cycle tend to have elevated levels of sex hormones, which may increase their perception of pain and their body’s response to stimuli, resulting in more frequent complaints of nausea.4

Nausea treatments

About 14 percent of people with IBS have taken an anti-nausea or anti-vomiting medication.3

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