Hi I'm new to this board. My husband has suffered with IBS since his early twenties. He has been very resistent to seeking out help due to what doctors have told him about the disease. But recently he has expressed some interest in trying something new. Our lives have become very restricted by his symptoms--mostly diarrhea and cramps. Happens whenever we want to go out and socialize or do anything different from the normal routine.Anyway, we are wondering why the new medications are restricted to women only. Can anyone explain? Also, I saw the news about hypnotherapy and Andy (my husband) is interested. Does anyone know about any therapists in the Seattle area that work with IBS patients?Thanks for any help you can provide.