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Cleveland Clinic Digestive Disease Institute reports that patients with endometriosis are at three to five times greater risk of developing IBS than healthy women, with rates of IBS as high as 52%.

Patients with both IBS and endometriosis experience lower pain thresholds and more painful menstrual cycles than those with either condition alone, and an amplification of pain experiences.

Like IBS, endometriosis alters visceral sensitivity. This can include the bladder, bowel and reproductive tract. It means sensations that used to be normal or neutral, such as the passage of food, liquid, stool or gas through the GI tract, can feel uncomfortable or even excruciatingly painful.

There is also evidence that endometriosis may damage the interstitial cells of Cajal. These regulate peristaltic contractions through the GI tract via electrical conductance.

This damage would be associated with higher likelihood of symptoms associated with GI dysmotility - such as IBS.

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