Many people recognize Lynda Carter due to her famous role as Wonder Woman during the 1970’s, but what many people don’t know is that she is still putting up a fight long after she hung up her cape. Carter is a part of a national awareness campaign called “Talk IBS”, acting as a spokesperson advocating for an increase in the understanding of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Although Carter doesn’t suffer from IBS herself, she has a personal stake in the matter because her mother is a longtime sufferer of the disorder.
It is estimated that as many as 1 in 5 Americans have IBS, with about 70% of those people being women, according to the Society for Women’s Health Research. Carter notes that “because it is so difficult to talk about this basic and private function, women are reluctant to talk about it”. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is one of the most commonly diagnosed disorders by doctors but few people seek medical treatment for their symptoms leaving many more people living untreated. IBS often presents itself with abdominal pain or discomfort, diarrhea, or constipation. People whose primary symptom is constipation are classified as having constipation-predominant IBS, or IBS-C.
Boston Clinical Trials is proud to be a part of this effort to increase the understanding of IBS with a new study specifically focusing on IBS-C. For more information about IBS-C specific symptoms or to learn more about this study please call us at (617) 477-4868 or visit us online.