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Treatments used to control colitis can affect your libido and your self-confidence. "The steroid medication can cause acne, weight gain, and fatigue," Charabaty says. And you probably don't feel in the mood when you're having a flare. That's OK.

Open communication with your partner is key. Let them know when your self-esteem needs a boost. Try other forms of intimacy when you aren't feeling well, such as a foot rub or cuddle time on the couch while watching a good movie.

Take advantage of the times when you do feel better to shower your partner with affection and tend to his or her needs.

Remember, there is give-and-take in every relationship. When you're sick with a chronic illness, it can seem as if you're doing more of the taking. But you can always return the attention when your health improves.

Be sure to let your friends and loved ones know how much you value and need their support.