What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder characterized by a group of symptoms that occur together, including repeated pain in your abdomen and changes in your bowel movements. About 12% of people in the United States have IBS. While not life-threatening, it can be challenging to live with IBS, and there is no cure for the condition. Read on to learn more about the signs of IBS and how to manage it.