Join or find out more
Become a member
Tel: {{healthcare_number}} Tel: 0800 414 8001

8am-5pm, Mon - Fri

Accessing services - Members
Tel: {{}} Tel: 0800 414 8100

8am to 5pm, Mon-Fri

Accessing services
(For existing members)
Tel: {{}} Tel: 0800 414 8100

8am-5pm, Mon-Fri

Member helplines
(For existing members)
24/7 GP Helpline
Tel: {{}} Tel: 0800 414 8247
Mental Health Helpline
Tel: {{}} Tel: 0800 414 8247

Open 24 hours, 7 days a week

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Common symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

If you've started to notice some of the symptoms we've listed below, we may be able to help.


  • "I can’t do this/that"
  • "I need to know where the toilets are otherwise I can't go out"
  • "I'll embarrass myself"
  • "Something is seriously wrong with my stomach and bowels"
  • "I'll soil myself"
  • Pain or discomfort in your stomach
  • You've stopped doing the things you enjoy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • You've been urgently needing the toilet more often than usual
  • You have constipation, diarrhoea, or bloating
  • Low
  • Anxious
  • Irritable
  • Embarrassed
  • Tired

Possible causes of IBS

  • Overactive nerves and muscles in the gut and stomach
  • Intolerance to certain foods
  • Being unwell with an upset stomach (gastroenteritis or food poisoning)
  • Stressful life events – these can be unwelcome or traumatic, such as being bullied at work, getting divorced or being attacked/abused
  • Anxious personality type – you may have certain thinking styles which are part of your personality that can lead to you feeling anxious
  • Pressure – you may be under pressure at home or work, feel trapped or unable to problem solve certain issues

We offer solution-focused counselling , which can help people to cope better with long term health issues, such as IBS.

Call our Mental Health Helpline

Get support 24/7

You must be a member of Benenden Health to access this service.

(Add +44 if you're calling from abroad)

Select option 2.

Not yet a member of Benenden Health?

This service, along with a range of other support, is available for just £11.50 a month.

Support for our members

If you're a member of Benenden Health, we offer support for mental health from day one.

Further help and advice

We have a wide range of articles on health that could help you increase your wellbeing.

Body Lifestyle Mind Nutrition

We worked with our partner Insight Healthcare to create this short guide. Always speak to your GP if you feel like you could be suffering from a serious mental health condition.