There’s no denying that there’s much more awareness around Inflammatory Bowel Disease than there used to be. With celebrities opening up about their life with the disease and more being written about it than ever before, it’s great to see this condition being acknowledged.

Yet despite this, most of the articles tend to focus on the obvious: a list of symptoms that don’t go far beyond our toilet trips. Don’t get me wrong, having IBD often means we’re used to all kinds of strange bowel habits, but it goes way beyond that – IBD can affect every single part of your body. For those who aren’t in the know, here are 10 symptoms of IBD that most people don’t even realise exist.

1. Eye inflammation Yep, having IBD can impact our eyesight. Episcleritis is the most common type of eye problem to impact those of us with IBD, and it causes redness and soreness in the white outer coating of the eye.

2. Weird periods Irregular cycles and even missed cycles can be common in women with IBD. It’s due to many different factors, including disease activity and nutritional deficiencies.

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