Mrs Bear - yes, I'm IBSC and yes, I have kids (all 3 of them, bless), though I must confess I've only had IBS for 8 years and 2 of mine are 14 and 12 and the symptoms are definately worse since Sophie has arrived. That said, please do not let IBS rule your life to the extent of putting off having a family. I find my IBS is considerably worse when I'm stressed. Yes, I know kids sometimes can cause that but surely too they keep your occupied and fulfilled and busy and I find, in those circumstances, IBS tends to take a back seat. Of course its a huge commitment but I'd never be without mine. In some ways, having kids makes your life change direction, re-assess your priorities which might in turn help you with the IBS symptoms. There are no easy answers and I wish you luck with whatever happens.