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Should I talk to my doctor about my problems related to sex and Crohn's disease?

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Yes. She can help you manage Crohn’s-related problems that affect your sex life. Don’t be shy. Bring up your concerns about your sex life.

Fistulas in your rectum or vagina can be painful for women with Crohn’s. These ulcer-like sores can be inflamed, get infected, or even tear into other tissues during intercourse. The doctor can give you drugs like antibiotics or anti-inflammatories. If they don’t work, ask if surgery is an option for you.

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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