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Can I have sex if I have Crohn's disease and have a stoma or pouch?

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Sex shouldn’t harm your stoma or pouch. If you’re worried about the bag breaking during sex, change positions or use ostomy bands to hold the pouch in place. You can also wear lingerie that makes you feel sexy, but protects your stoma and pouch.

Empty your pouch before sex. This will ease your worries about a messy break, and can also make sex less painful.

To prevent a bowel movement during sex, you may want to take an over-the-counter anti-diarrheal drug ahead of time.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Intimacy and sexuality when you have a colostomy.”

Christensen, B. , January 2014. Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Jedel, S et al. , April 2015. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada: “Getting Closer … intimacy and relationships with Crohn’s and colitis.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “The Intimate Relationship of Sex and IBD.”

Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand: “Sexuality.”

Crohn’s and Colitis UK: “Sexual Relationships and IBD.”

International Society for Sexual Medicine: “Can inflammatory bowel disease affect a person’s sex life?”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Intimacy and sexuality when you have a colostomy.”

Christensen, B. , January 2014. Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Jedel, S et al. , April 2015. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada: “Getting Closer … intimacy and relationships with Crohn’s and colitis.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “The Intimate Relationship of Sex and IBD.”

Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand: “Sexuality.”

Crohn’s and Colitis UK: “Sexual Relationships and IBD.”

International Society for Sexual Medicine: “Can inflammatory bowel disease affect a person’s sex life?”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 28, 2018

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