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How do digestive diseases affect women differently than men?

Some digestive diseases, including Crohn's disease, affect more women than men. Up to six times more women than men have irritable bowel syndrome, a collection of symptoms that affect the large and small intestine. Women are likelier to have gallstones, due to the effects of progesterone and estrogen. For various reasons, women are likelier than men to use aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), and so are likelier to experience their harmful side-effects.

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