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Symptom of IBS: Nausea

What is nausea?

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

Can nausea be treated?

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

Written by: Truc Thanh | Last reviewed: June 2016.
  1. Wilkins T, Pepitone C, Alex B, Schade RR. Diagnosis and management of IBS in adults. Am Fam Physician. 2012;86:419-426.
  2. International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. IBS in the Real World Survey. Summary Findings. August 2002.
  3. IBS Patients: Their Illness Experience and Unmet Needs. IFFGD 2009.
  4. Bharadwaj S, Barber MD, Graff LA, Shen B. Symptomatology of irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease during the menstrual cycle. Gastroenteroloy Report. 2015;3:185-193.