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How can I talk to my partner about my Crohn's disease?

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If you’re with someone new, be up front. Tell him how you feel about your body and sex. Make sure he accepts you as you are. You want to be comfortable with that person so you can relax and enjoy sex.

If your partner asks questions about your Crohn’s, be open and honest with your answers.

If you have a long-term partner, the disease can change your sex life. But it doesn’t have to end it. Talk about each other’s needs and concerns. You may find out you’re focused on something that doesn’t bother him at all. You’ll be less stressed about sex if you’re open about your worries.

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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